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Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

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Observatory Science Museum
This 86,000 square foot center offers interactive space and science exhibitions, immersive digital-dome planetarium shows, and giant screen MegaDome shows. Chabot is also home to largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi.
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  • This is an outstanding place to visit & bring children. Come early and you may get to view something through one of the telescopes. On our visit, they were set up on the planet Venus. We spent the bet...  more »
  • I expect a research center with detailed explanations about the conquest of space. Unfortunately this place is intended rather for young people with a lot of little experiments to achieve. The explanations are too brief and are not thorough. The planetarium offers a view in 360 degree on videos from the general public until much more interesting topics. It also has the ability to see different telescopes at the bottom of the Center with really motivated to explain their workings volunteers! Besides the Center organizes free evenings to explore the sky from one of his telescopes.
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  • Child is the perfect choice. The price for two is the choice of projection to be careful because it can run highly boring content. The astronaut's wife, good kids, is easy to understand. The exhibition is qualitative and interesting.
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  • Our son was researching the stars for his school project and this center was one of the places we decided to visit because of its telescopes and its studies on astrophysics (stars, planets, our own planet, etc.).  The day we traveled to this center, traffic wasn't bad and driving through the hills and seeing the trees made it a pleasant trip up.   Parking also wasn't an issue because we arrived just as the center was opening and the crowds hadn't arrived, which wasn't the case a couple hours later. The center itself has a myriad of activities and exhibits to see and do.  As you work your way upstairs which has the three large telescopes your constantly stopping to see the exhibits' they have on display to the hands on stuff for the kids. Our kids had the most fun, I think in the center's "Climate lab" where everything is hands on and challenged you to accomplish different tasks. We were able to see the "Tales of the Maya Skies" in their Planetarium. The culmination of this trip was to see the telescopes out on the Observatory Deck, which were impressive to see and hear about.  Of course there were many questions from our children regarding the telescopes and how they were built which was answered by the center's friendly staff.  We also didn't get a chance to view the stars because it was the afternoon by the time we left. The kids had a good time and my son was able to obtain the necessary information for his research paper.
  • Fun for kids and adults. Come at night so you can do a telescope viewing. The interactive sections are great for kids.
  • I'll have to agree with the other reviewer Reese about this place. For kids, it's great but for an adult it is underwhelming. The displays are pretty old and honestly there is not much to see especially with a $18 entrance fee (personally I think it should be $12). Two of the three telescopes were closed. The shows in the planetarium looked ok. I saw the cardboard box which is for kids. Look into the other ones for adults.
  • Great place for kids and adults. Don't forget to go upstairs and try marble run!
  • Best telescope space museum I have ever visited! Brings the kid out in everyone with there planetarium and amazing exhibits!

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