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
• 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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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 Events@ChabotSpace.org