Admission

General Admission includes: 

• Two Digital Dome Planetarium Shows (First come, first serve basis)
• Access to interactive exhibits 
• Access to the Observatory Complex. Day & evening Telescope Viewing is available (Weather Permitting)
• Discovery Lab (For Families w/children 5 and under)
• Free Parking

Selecting Your Shows
General Admission ticket includes 2 shows. We recommend arriving 10 - 20 minutes before the first show you are scheduled to see as they are first come, first serve.

Planetarium Show Information 

Group Visits (For parties of 15 or more) 

Plan Your Visit FAQ 

Special Closures

Admission Policies
• Children ages 3 -12 pay the Youth Admission price. Children under 3 are free.
• Seniors (ages 65 ) and Students (ages 13-18 or with a valid college ID) receive discounted admission. 
• Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office to redeem coupons or to receive ASTC or ACM reciprocal membership benefits.

$5 Fridays After 5pm (Select Dates)
Start your weekend early and spend your Friday night at Chabot! Explore our hands-on exhibits, take a planetarium show and gaze through the telescopes with our experts. Click Here for dates and to purchase tickets!

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Two young adventurers turn an old cardboard box into a rocket and with the help of a magical book and their vivid imaginations blast off on an awesome journey to the most amazing places in the Solar System. Gasp in amazement at the huge planet Jupiter, find out what Saturn’s rings are made of and discover the secret of the cardboard rocket. The show has been upgraded for digital full-dome systems and provides an excellent introduction to the nine planets of our Solar System. Especially for ages 5 to 10.

Running Time 30 minutes

All Charged Up

Anatomy of a Life Form

Atmosphere in Balance

Bee Blast

Garden Planet

It's Elemental

Mars Exploration

Moon Mania

Moonstruck

Planet Trek

Redwood Ecosystem Hike

Member Only Movie Night

FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required! 
Space is limited and by reservation only.

 

 

First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
Space is limited and by reservation only, so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

Each Sunday preceding the 1st quarter moon, the Eastbay Astronomical Society invites you to a special private telescope viewing. Unlike our regular viewing on Friday and Saturday evenings, EAS personalizes the experience by taking viewing requests, live interaction, and hosting tours and it's exclusively for our members!

Adult Volunteers

Balloon Drop 5 & Under

Ring in the New Year without staying up all night! Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11am, 1pm, and 4pm! Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above. Stay for the day and participate in fun activities throughout the Center. Now the kids can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtimes!

Drop Times:

  • 11am: Ages 5 & Under (Rotunda) 
  • 1pm: Ages 6 -12 (Rotunda) 
  • 1pm: Ages 5 & Under (Discovery Lab) 
  • 4pm: Ages 6 - 12 (Rotunda) 
  • 4pm: Ages 5 & Under (Discovery Lab)

Registration:

  • December 1st: Member priority registration begins 
  • December 8th: Guest registration begins

Cost:

 

Space is limited! 
Be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled event time for check in.

This ticket is for event registration only, general admission also required.

Summer Camp

Scout Overnight

Scout Workshop

$5 First Friday Event

Shooting Stars and Space Rocks

Surviving in Space

Tapping the Wind

Wacky Weather

Astronaut

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner & outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

ASTRONAUT is produced by the National Space Centre.

Running Time 25 minutes

Tales of the Maya Skies

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itzá. Hear the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies, a new digital full-dome planetarium show produced by Chabot Space & Science Center. Narrated by Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies transports us to the jungles of Mexico, presenting the rich history and culture of the ancient Maya. Using the latest three dimensional laser scanning and advanced graphic techniques, Tales of the Maya Skies weaves together the richness of Maya culture, stories, science and contributions to our way of life.

A Chabot Space & Science Center production. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation

Running Time 33 Minutes

Find out more about the show

Solar Quest

"Solar Quest" is a full dome planetarium short feature that demonstrates how the Sun and Earth are interconnected and that we are "Living with a Star".

The show discusses the impacts of space weather and how the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field protects all life on Earth.

"Solar Quest" features the role of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and how scientists are using it as a way to help identify and predict sever space weather.

Running Time 11 minutes

Micronauts

Meteor Shower (after hours)

Where: Observation Deck
Price: Free (Center will be closed at this time)

Hang out on the hill and watch as the Perseids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Visibility may be obscured by the waning gibbous (nearly full) moon, but our scientists will be ready to help you catch the brightest meteors.

 

Galaxy Explorers

Balloon Drop 6-12

Ring in the New Year without staying up all night! Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11am, 1pm, and 4pm! Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above. Stay for the day and participate in fun activities throughout the Center. Now the kids can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtimes!

Drop Times:

  • 11am: Ages 5 & Under (Rotunda) 
  • 1pm: Ages 6 -12 (Rotunda) 
  • 1pm: Ages 5 & Under (Discovery Lab) 
  • 4pm: Ages 6 - 12 (Rotunda) 
  • 4pm: Ages 5 & Under (Discovery Lab)

Registration:

  • December 1st: Member priority registration begins 
  • December 8th: Guest registration begins

Cost:

 

Space is limited!
Be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled event time for check in.

This ticket is for event registration only, general admission also required.

Internal Booking

ED: Location Reserved

Zodiac Tours

 

Live Planetarium Show

Cosmos 360, Chabot's live planetarium show series: Your ticket to the Universe in all directions! An expert guides and entertains you with an engaging tour through the stars, planets, and galaxies of outer space. Blasting off twice a night on Friday and Saturday evenings, these live shows reveal the workings of the Universe from new perspectives. A new show launches every three months, so see the new one before it departs at warp speed.

Running Time 45 minutes

Build-A-Bird School Workshop

Self-Driving Robots

Five Senses

Waiting Far Away

Cosmic Dance

Back to the Moon For Good

To the Moon... with no return? Be the first to come see our newest planetarium show Back to the Moon for Good. This new planetarium show follows the excitement of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The ultimate example of citizen science, the winning team will successfully land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, have it travel 500 meters on the surface, and send back video imagery. Who will win the $30million prize? After 40 years, the race is heating up once again, get in on the action!

Running Time 25 minutes

Dawn of the Space Age

Just as the Space Race began, Dawn of the Space Age starts with the launch of Sputnik and includes important Russian space history as well as the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. The show transports viewers to the International Space Station, the X-prize winning private space ship and on to future Mars exploration.

Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man's first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these dangerous, heroic endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in this epic realistically animated production.

DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE a Mirage3D Production - Distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Running Time 38 minutes

Special Closure

Group Visit

Experience the wonders of the Universe at a discounted rate for groups of at least 15 people. 

Group admission includes daytime observing on the telescope deck, one show in the Planetarium or Megadome, and access to our hands-on exhibits. 

 

GROUP ADMISSIONS POLICIES:

Advance registration is required for groups of 30 or greater. 

For groups with visitors under 18, a chaperone ratio of one adult per five children is suggested. A minimum of one adult per ten children is required. For safety, chaperones are expected to be clearly identifiable and stay with their group at all times.  

We suggest bringing lunches for your visit, as cafe lines can be very long on busy days. Outdoor seating is available in the courtyard or you may want to lead your group pn an easy hike to a nearby picnic area. On rainy days, groups are permitted to eat in the Mezzanine or other non-exhibit areas of the museum, as directed by staff. 

Access to the Planetarium and Megadome is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Theater seating begins approximately 15 minutes prior to showtime, and late seating is not allowed. Food and beverages are not allowed in theaters. For the enjoyment of all, we ask guests to please refrain from using electronic devices during planetarium shows.

Group admission is timed and limited to 200 visitors per hour. Please arrive as close to your scheduled entry time as possible. 

Parking for buses and other large vehicles is available in our lower lot. The traffic circle is for drop-off and pick-up only. Carpooling is highly encouraged as parking is limited. 

Cancellation and Refunds: 

  • 30+ Days: 100%
  • 10 - 29 Days: 50%
  • 0 - 10 Days: No Refund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champions of Science

Birthday Party

Celebrate your favorite future astronaut with a birthday party at Chabot Space & Science Center!

Our weekend Birthday Party package includes all-day admission the Center for up to 30 guests of any age.

The adventure begins with an hour and a half in a private party room decked out with a festive celestial theme, tables and chairs for all your guests and a dress-up photo booth. Spend the rest of the day taking in a Planetarium show, exploring our interactive exhibits and peering through high-powered telescopes.  

Party Times:

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The party room is open to hosts 15 minutes prior to start time.

Hosts and party guests are welcome to enter the Center at any time on the day of the party, but note that available storage for food, gifts, etc. is limited to the cart provided to hosts at check-in.

Prices: 

Public: $450 + refundable $50 cleaning deposit

Member: $400 + refundable $50 cleaning deposit

For large events and after-hours rentals, please contact Events@ChabotSpace.org