Chabot Space & Science Center

  • Admission

    General Admission includes: 

    • Two Digital Dome Planetarium Shows (First come, first serve basis)
    • Access to interactive exhibits featuring Bill Nye's Climate Lab and the Touch the Sun exhibit
    • 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 12 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.


  • Future Fridays
  • Hike

    **Advanced reservations are encouraged as our hikes sell out quickly** 

    (Walk-ups are welcome, however, space permitting)

    Hike Definitions

    • Easy: 1-3 miles, moderate to slow paced, along fairly level terrain
    • Moderate: 4-5 miles with some hills, at a moderate pace
    • Strenuous: 6-7 miles, hilly, at a moderate to moderately brisk pace

    For All Hikes We Recommend

    • Wear layers as the weather can change
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Bring a snack and water bottle
    • Flashlight
  • Star Stories

    This summer, lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night's sky.



    • $15 / Children 2 & Under Free
      (does not include Admission to the Center)

    Please note: Weather permitting for outside viewing. If night sky conditions are or become poor for viewing the program will take place inside one of our historic telescope domes. Please check our weather station for more day-of details or call us at (510) 336-7373 for more information. Don't forget to bring your blankets!

  • 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

  • CLC Public Mission

    Chabot’s Challenger Learning Center is a unique hands-on experience that will transform you into an astronaut on a simulated space mission, complete with mission control and spacecraft! From the moment of lift-off to the completion of the mission, you become a critical member of the team, on a journey to a distant world. Come join the crew for a one hour adventure, recommended for space travelers ages 10 years to adult (6-9 year olds may participate when teamed with an adult).

  • Slimy Science
  • All Charged Up
  • Anatomy of a Life Form
  • Atmosphere in Balance
  • Bee Blast
  • Dance of the Planets
  • Fossil Hunt
  • Garden Plan-it
  • It's Elemental
  • Mars Exploration
  • Moon Mania
  • Moonstruck
  • Planet Trek
  • Redwood Ecosystem Hike
  • Renewable Energy
  • Moon Mania - 60 minutes
  • Member Only Movie Night

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

    Please check back for more information!

  • 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!

  • Dinosaurs Alive

    DINOSAURS ALIVE is a global adventure of science and discovery -- featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous "reincarnated" life-sized for the giant screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world's preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us. From the exotic, trackless expanses and sand dunes of Mongolia's Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico, the film will follow American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. Through the magic of scientifically accurate computer-generated animation, these newly discovered creatures, and some familiar favorites, will come alive in a big way!

    Running Time 40 minutes

  • Volunteer Events
  • The Supper Club
  • LEGO™ Laboratory

    Think, build, test, destroy…do it all over again, and again…! We’re hosting open LEGO Laboratories every Sunday with an engineering challenge focus. Challenges vary each week and include solar car building and racing, creating green machines that impact our environment, robots that perform based on your programming, and bridge building with seismic testing.   Builders of all ages and skills are welcome. Active parent participation is required for youth under 10 years.



    • Members: $5 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $7 (does not include general admission)
  • LaserMania Laser Magic

    This show offers a magical mix of music, from those you love to those you have forgotten, all presented in concert with stunning laser images! This musical compilation is fun for the entire family and includes artists like Joan Jett, The B-52’s, Will Smith, The Blackhearts and much more.

    Running time: 40 min



    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14



  • Kitchen Chemistry Lab

    Explore the microbiology, nanoscience, physics and chemistry of edibles we love. Experience demonstrations and hands-on experiments that involve everyday treats and ingredients.



    • Guests: $7
    • Members: $5 (discount applied upon checkout)



  • CLC: Lost In Space (Flyers must be 21yrs.+)

    Just like our public missions for families, but this one is strictly for adult flyers. Bring your friends and join an intrepid team to land on the red planet, construct a probe to send to one of the moons of Mars, and save your crew from calamity. Grab your flight suit, strap on a helmet, and experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission to Mars! Wine, beer, and light snacks will be provided. 

    Price: $30 (does not include general admission) 

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  • LaserMania Laser Spirit

    Celebrate the accomplishments and dreams of humanity with a mix of pop, classic rock, oldies, adult contemporary, and patriotic music. Laser Spirit is a motivating laser show that will make you proud to be a visionary, idealist, achiever, and American. 

    Running time: 35 min



    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14



  • LaserMania



    Enjoy soft rock, pop, adult contemporary, and easy listening music. Featuring music from over five decades, this is an experience for the whole family. 

    Running time: 35 min




    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14


  • Scout Overnight
  • Scout Workshop
  • VIP Slumber with the Stars
  • It's Elemental - 60 minutes
  • Dance of the Planets - 60 minutes
  • Cosmos 360 - Previously Recorded

    Running Time 45 minutes

  • New Volunteer Orientation

    Learn what it takes to join the team as a Chabot volunteer! We'll discuss opportunities and commitment while getting to know the Center. We're looking for adult volunteers dedicated to creating fun and interactive science experiences for our visitors. Science or astronomy background is not required, just a healthy sense of adventure and desire to learn and share!

    Please RSVP online at






  • Garden Plan-it 60 Minutes
  • Shooting Stars and Space Rocks - 60 minutes
  • Eclipse

    Total Lunar Eclipse


    When: This is a late night event 2am-5:30am
    Where: Observation Deck (located at the rear of the Museum)
    Price: $12 (Members and Children 2 & Under are Free)

    The observatory deck opens at 2am for the late night viewing festivities. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Witness the stellar occurrence from our observation deck and come ready with your questions for our experts.  Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes. 


    Please note: Eclipse is not guaranteed and weather permitting for outside viewing


  • Chabot Hosts: Ask a Scientist Lecture Series & Wonderfest : The Bay Area Beacon of Science

    7pm: Wine & Light Food Reception | 8pm: Presentations

    Chabot is proud to partner with Ask a Scientist and Wonderfest to host this enlightening lecture, “A Planet for Goldilocks,” about the search for other worlds that might harbor life. The quest to find Earth-like planets has captivated our imagination for centuries and has been the goal of NASA’s Kepler mission since 2009. In this fascinating presentation, Dr. Natalie Batalha, co-investigator on the Kepler mission and director of the Systems Teaching Institute at NASA Research Park will take us along on the Kepler spacecraft’s search for planets that can sustain life. Dr. Batalha began her research on extrasolar planet detection and stellar astrophysics at NASA in 2000 and has published numerous papers on her findings.

    Beer and wine will be available for purchase.


    • Program Ticket: $15 (Does not include admission to the center)
    • General Admission/Program combo: $25 Call the Box Office at (510) 336-7373 to purchase the General Admission/Program combo ticket.
  • Shooting Stars and Space Rocks
  • Surviving in Space
  • Tapping the Wind
  • Wacky Weather
  • Nano Days

    NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering, and Technology and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by partners in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and take place at over 250 science museums, Research centers, and universities across the country.




  • Claymation Lab

    Calling all animators! We’re turning our science lab into a Claymation studio all week. We’ll provide the clay, cameras, and knowhow, and you provide the imagination and creativity. Let’s see what out-of-this-world stories you can create.



    • Guests: $7
    • Members: $5



  • Tyke Explorers Saturday Open Lab

    Mix, Pour, and Explore!

    Join us in the Discovery Lab for open workshop time geared towards our youngest visitors! This month, we’ll be exploring ooblek and other materials that can be mixed, poured, scooped, funneled and more. Prepare to have a blast and get a little messy in the process.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 



    • Workshop Only: $5
    • Members (Workshop and Admission): $3 (discount applied upon checkout)


    For Ages 3 - 5 years

    Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration.

    With Chabot's park-like setting, hands-on exhibits, laboratories and experienced educators, we guarantee a memorable adventure for you and your child.

  • LaserMania Laser Pop

    Laser Pop-The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have you singing out loud and dancing in your seat! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, like Pink, N’Sync, Smash Mouth and more!  Grab your friends for a fun night of pop music on the hill.

    Running time: 35 min



    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14



  • Planet Trek - 60 minutes
  • Tapping the Wind - 60 minutes
  • GE Information Sessions

    Our Galaxy Explorer Program offers high school age students hands-on, fun, and educational community service work for developing science exploration, job and life skills. To learn more about the Galaxy Explorer program and how you can impact science education in your community while gaining invaluable experience, attend one of our information sessions. Applicants only need to attend one session.


    To attend, please RSVP Online.

    Key Requirements:

    • Participants should have an interest in science, math, or technology.
    • Applicants must have completed the 8th grade. Middle school students click here.
    • Ability to speak to and work with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
    • A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required in order to participate in paid internship activities.
    • Minimum commitment of 66 hours per year.


    The Application Process

    Applications are accepted year round. Applications will be reviewed February 1st, October 1st, and June 1st for training later that month. If accepted, you will receive an invitation via email to attend the initial training.

    1. Attend an Information Session
      You and a parent/guardian must attend an info session for your application to be considered (Applicants only need to attend one session.)
    2. Apply Online
      (Note to parents: Application must be completed by student)
    3. Download Mandatory Parent Permission Forms
      Mail to: Galaxy Explorers
      Chabot Space & Science Center
      10000 Skyline Boulevard
      Oakland, CA 94619
    4. Have a teacher submit a Recommendation Letter
      Mail to: Galaxy Explorers
      Chabot Space & Science Center
      10000 Skyline Boulevard
      Oakland, CA 94619
      E-mail to:


    Introductory, Customer Service & Safety Training

    All new volunteers are required to attend the initial training prior to working in the Center (no exceptions). It's our way of getting your feet wet. You will be introduced to the history of Chabot, safety procedures, customer service skills, the ins-and-outs of the program, and meet program staff and experienced volunteers.

    If accepted you will receive an electronic invitation to start the mandatory training program. 

  • Free with Admission Programs
  • SolarMax

    93 million miles just got a whole lot closer. Featuring live images of the Sun and footage from around the world of solar observatories of the past, present, and future, Solarmax tells of humankind's struggle to understand the Sun. Travel around the world to visit historical sites of sun worship, see scientists studying the Sun, and view the majesty of a total solar eclipse. 

    Running Time 40 minutes

  • To Be An Astronaut

    Venture inside the gates of NASA to experience the rigors of astronaut training, from the initial contact at a distant research outpost, through the frantic countdown of missions, to the heart-stopping launch into space. Shot entirely on location and starring the men and women of NASA, To Be An Astronaut honors the many people who work together to create a successful mission.

    Running Time 25 minutes

  • 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

  • LaserMania Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon

    Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!

    Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

    Running time: 40 min




    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14


  • Micronauts
  • Tyke Explorers

    For Ages 3 - 5 years

    Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration.

    With Chabot's park-like setting, hands-on exhibits, laboratories and experienced educators, we guarantee a memorable adventure for you and your child.

  • Science Revealed

    Be dazzled with exciting demonstrations led by one of Chabot’s dynamic science educators. Sudden appearances? Booms and bangs? Miraculous transformations? Enjoy a live and immersive presentation experience as you gain a deeper understanding for the way our world works. No, it's not a magic show - it's science!

  • LaserMania The Beatles

    The “Fab Four’s” best spanning 6 years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation.

    Running time: 40 min



    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14



  • Cosmos 360 Live Series

    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

  • Micronauts - 60 minutes
  • Wacky Weather - 60 minutes
  • Surviving in Space - 60 minutes
  • 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.


  • LaserMania Metallica



    Take a heavy metal journey that will leave you reminiscing and rocking out. The distinct Metallica tempos, instrumentals, themes and sound coupled with stunning laser visuals gets your head and body pounding.

    Running time: 35 min




    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14


  • LaserMania Pink Floyd: The Wall



    Hear, see, feel what is considered to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time! It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. The Wall, a gripping and spellbinding musical journey, is beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking.  Experience this timeless classic.

    Running time: 35 min




    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14


  • Fun Exchanges and Activities for Science Teachers: FEAST

    FEAST is truly a grass roots effort that began with a small group of secondary science teachers and has grown to over 200 members. Each monthly meeting during the school year focuses on topics selected by the FEAST teachers. Most of our sessions invite teachers to share lessons and demonstrations around a particular topics like as "Energy," "Toys in Science," or "Climate Science" as well as visiting speakers. There is no cost to join or participate as long as you are an educator and are willing to share one of your favorite lessons around a particular topic.



    • Single Day Pass: $10
    • Annual Pass: $50 (Purchase an Annual Pass HERE)
  • 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

  • Special Closure
  • Special Opening
  • Moonstruck - 60 Minutes
  • Tectonics and You - 60 min