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!

Summer Camp Tuition

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Two young explorers 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

It's Elemental

Tapping the Wind

Wacky Weather

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

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


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

The Story of H


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

First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

Chabot Members-Only Viewing, RSVP Required!

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

LaserMania Legends of the Night Sky: Orion


Legends of the Night Sky: Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure.

Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion’s adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.

Running time: 20 min










LaserMania Laser Holiday




Laser Holiday-Enjoy the holidays with a dash of laser! Laser Holidays is a mix of those favorite holiday hits from all genres- syncopated beats with lasers dancing 360 degrees around our full dome planetarium. These bright lights and infectious beats give new meaning to the old holiday light shows on the lawn! 

Running time: 45 min







$5 First Friday Event

Internal Booking

ED: Location Reserved

Galaxy Explorers

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. 



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








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. 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.


Public: $450 + refundable $50 cleaning deposit

Member: $400 + refundable $50 cleaning deposit

For large events and after-hours rentals, please contact






Special Price Admission Day

Surfing the Planet Zone

Science on Saturday in partnership with the Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Bay Aerial

Odyssey Overnight Archery Add-on

Separate overnight registration required.

This 2-hour program will be offered from 1:30-3:30pm on select Saturdays by our neighboring Redwood Bowmen Association. Limited Availability.

No refunds available for participants unable to attend.

Our Amazing Moon

Astronaut Training

Climate, Atmosphere & You

Slumber with the Stars, A Family Overnight

Slumber with the Stars, the family overnight is back by Popular demand.

Spend a night under the stars for an unforgettable experience on a destination through the realms of space. Your overnight experience will include exhibit exploration, planetarium shows, a solar system night hike among the redwoods, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt and telescope viewing (weather permitting). It’s an experience your family will remember for a lifetime.

We require a minimum of one adult for every five youth. Minimum age of participants is 5 years old.

Your overnight experience includes: 

  • Dinner & Breakfast
  • Planetarium shows
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Exhibits
  • Activities
  • Telescope viewing (weather permitting) 

Admission: $80 per person (includes dinner and breakfast)

Member Discount: $10 off per member. The member discount is limited to participants from the same household.


5:00pm                 Check-in           (no early entry)   

5:25pm                 Welcome 

5:30pm-8pm              Dinner open 

6:00pm-9pm              Activities & Programs

7:00pm - 10pm          Planetarium shows

7:00pm - 10pm          Telescope viewing (Weather permitting)    

11:00pm                      Quiet time/Sleeping setup           

7:00am                        Breakfast        

7:00am                        Scavenger Hunt         

8:30am                        Planetarium show    

10:00am                      Check-out 


Sleeping areas:exhibit halls, meeting rooms and the outdoor courtyard for those who wish to tent.


What to bring: sleeping bags, mats, toiletries, jacket, medications.


MealsParticipants may also bring their own meals. (No heating or refrigeration is available.) 

Odyssey Overnight

Odyssey Overnights

Blast off into an out of this world experience exploring the outer realms of space! This program will take your group from Earth into the great unknown through workshops, activities, exhibits, telescopes and planetarium offerings.

Here are some of our exciting new programmatic features: 

  • Exclusive access to the science center after 5pm

  • Telescope optics led by the East Bay Astronomical Society

  • New planetarium shows that specially cover constellation identification and the correlation between the earth, moon and sun for older groups

  • A private day-in-the-life of an astronomer session

  • Increased sleeping capacity

  • Private planetarium shows

  • Discounts for Chabot members 

The odyssey overnight includes: 

  • Exhibit Exploration

  • Planetarium Shows

  • Educational Program

  • Complimentary souvenir patch

  • Telescope viewing (Weather/availability permitting)

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Overview of the constellations in the planetarium 

Availability: 4pm-10am (No early entry) 

Check-in period: 4pm-4:30pm - Program starts at 4:30pm (late entry is permissible) 

Check-in location: Side entry between the two buildings.  

Minimum group size: 10 (If your group has less than 175 participants they will be combined with other groups.  

Maximum group size: 200 

Open To: school aged children through adult 

Rate: $80 per youth/ $50 per adult  

Member Discount: $10 off per member* 

 *The member discount is limited to participants from the same household. 


MEMBERS: You must login to your member account to receive the discount. Once you complete the registration information and add tickets to your shopping cart, your discount will be automatically applied.


Meals: Catered dinner and breakfast by LaBonne Cuisine's Bistro Express may be included for an additional $20 per person. Participants may also bring their own meals. (No heating or refrigeration is available.) Meal sales will end 2 weeks prior to your event. No ordering is available onsite. Chabot's Bean Sprouts cafe will not be open during your overnight experience. 


Educational Program:

Your reservation includes astronomy, telescope and planetarium programming.  Separate from the workshop are informal astronomy activity stations, planetarium shows and telescope viewing. Cub and Boy Scout groups automatically will be given a program that includes segments designed to meet the astronomy merit badge requirements. (Determined by participant enrollment ages).  The public overnight options do not include scout requirements.  



Cancellations received 45 days in advance or greater will receive a 100% refund less a 5% processing fee if payment was made by credit card.  Cancellations received 44-15 days’ notice will receive a 50% refund.  Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card.  Cancellations with less than 14 days’ notice prior to your event will result in a forfeiture of the full reservation amount.

Celestial Events