• 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.

    $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!

  • 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!

  • CLC Public Mission

    Wonder what it's like to be an astronaut on a space mission? How does it feel to be a Mission Specialist guiding flights around the Solar System? Find out in our Challenger Learning Center® as you experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission! Become an important member on a dynamic team accomplishing the goals of your mission. This adventure is recommended for space travelers ages 10 years to adult (younger children may participate when teamed with an adult)





  • Anatomy of a Life Form
  • Atmosphere in Balance
  • Bee Blast
  • Dance of the Planets
  • Fossil Hunt
  • Garden Planet
  • It's Elemental
  • Moon Mania
  • Moonstruck
  • Planet Trek
  • Redwood Ecosystem Hike
  • Renewable Energy
  • Member Only Movie Night

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



  • 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!

  • Volunteer Events
  • Science Revealed: School Program

    Pop! Bang! Ping! Boom! Whoa! That's the sound of live science demos in our theater. Enjoy a 30-minute audience interactive show with aweing demonstrations that showcase the wonders of science. Visitors experience the lessons as we explore scientific theory. It's not magic, it's science... Live!

  • The Supper Club
  • The Supper Club: CLC Mission

    Take your sweetheart on a memorable date – dinner under the stars then whisk her/him away on a simulated space mission to the Red Planet!  Adventure awaits as you work on an exclusive team with other couples to rescue the space transport capsule from calamity! You and your date will be transported to a world of space travel inside Chabot Space & Science Center’s exclusive and interactive onsite mission control and space craft simulator.  The adventure includes romantic music, hands on assignments, beer and wine, and sweets for your sweet. Arrive on time things are precise in Mission Control!

  • LEGO™ Laboratory

    Activities include Lego Biology-based board games, timed building challenges, and collectively working together to build a strand of DNA. Participants will collectively work on a display depicting famous scientists who have had a great impact in the field of biology. 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)
  • ElectroLaze Laser Magic

    This program 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







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

    Strictly for adult flyers, this is like our public missions for families. 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. You will don a flight suit, strap on a helmet and experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission to Mars! Beer (provided by Federation Brewery), wine, and light snacks will be provided. 

    Price: $30 (does not include general admission) 

    Flyers must be 21+






  • ElectroLaze LaseRetro

    LaseRetro is a tribute to the great rock anthems of the 1980s. Astonishing laser art is coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs from one of the most exciting periods in mainstream music: the ‘80s! Shows feature the latest and most advanced programming techniques to create spectacular and striking laser effects.

    Running time: 35 min






  • Scout Overnight
  • Scout Workshop
  • PLA Reserved:
  • Cosmos 360 - Previously Recorded

    Running Time 45 minutes

  • ElectroLaze iPop

    New music from today’s Pop charts mixed with a classic from Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. iPop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light.

    Running time: 35 min



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



  • 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 ChabotSpace.org/adult-volunteers






  • ElectroLaze Fright Light



    Playing in October only!

    Looking for a unique way to send chills up your spine? Do you have the courage to sit through the most terrifying and thrilling laser experience ever? Or perhaps you will keep your eyes closed and only sneak a peek at fun renditions of Thriller, Purple People Eater or The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season… if you dare!

    Running time: 45 min








  • Shooting Stars and Space Rocks
  • Surviving in Space
  • Tapping the Wind
  • Wacky Weather
  • ElectroLaze Laser Pop

    The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light.

    Running time: 35 min







  • 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: GalaxyExplorers@ChabotSpace.org


    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. 

  • 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

  • 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

  • ElectroLaze Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon

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

    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




  • 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

    Cool off this summer at Chabot as we explore and experiment with cold things. Liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and kitchen chemistry will all combine to reveal the fascinating science of the deep freeze. Taste a chilly bite of something we create, if you dare!




  • ElectroLaze The Beatles

    The “Fab Four’s” best 6 years provide 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







  • 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

  • ElectroLaze Pink Floyd: The Wall

    Considered to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time, The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

    Running time: 35 min





  • Summer August Game Night

    Join us Friday evenings in August for Chabot Game Nights! We’ll have many of your favorite board and strategy games available, or bring your own to play. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.



    • Members: $7 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $10 (does not include general admission). Purchase a combo (Game Night and General Admission) and save by clicking HERE!



  • Sinister Soiree: Fire and Frights

    Let your inner ghoul fly among the flames as we light up the night and illuminate the mysterious and supernatural! Watch and participate in a smoldering Live Science show, meet local artists who play with fire, win prizes in our raffle and share your spookiest story. Drinks will be for sale; come in costume and get your first drink free!




  • VE: Location Reserved
  • ED: Location Reserved
  • Halloween Party at Chabot Space & Science Center

    It's Trick or treat at Chabot. Dress as your favorite extraterrestrial or character and receive a treat! Drink some spooky punch and participate in hands-on sinister science activities. Enjoy guest appearances by special costumed friends. There will be Discovery Lab activities for tots with costumes, spooky read-a-longs and much more. 

    Included with General Admission

  • 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