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Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

Categories: Observatories, Science Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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 interactive science center with a lot of hands on activities to whet the science appetite. The telescopes are amazing. 
  • Even Oaklanders often don't know about this little gem in the Oakland hills. Combine it with a walk in Redwood parks nearby.. Go to their website to see more info. 
  • This place is great for young and old. Plenty of hands-on exhibits and staff to answer questions. It has a great movie theatre all about space. There are two large telescopes to look at. There is a ca...  read more »
  • I don't understand the reviews by other adults praising this organization. Maybe these individuals haven't really been exposed to much space stuff. The exhibits are basic, tacky and, frankly, falling apart. The science on display is super simple and feels like it hasn't been updated since the 90's. Other than the Soviet/Russian equipment on display, not much to see here. If you have kids, like really little kids, I can see this being fun for them. But, then again, really little kids can have fun doing pretty much anything. If you don't have kids, stay away. This was the most underwhelming experience maybe of my entire life. My friends and I still laugh about it.
  • Fun place to bring the younger kids. Staff are friendly and helpful. Drive to the center is nice and scenic. Areas near center for hiking. You maybhave lack of cell service in the building depending on carrier.
  • Great place to come on the weekends when the telescopes are open to the public. Also has great views of the bay and excellent trails surrounding it.
  • I took my three year old here and thought it might be a bit too much over her head, but the place was set up for all ages. They have a great playroom, awesome interactive exhibits, and easy parking. We will be coming here a lot I think, enough to spring for a membership.
  • I wasn't enamored by my visit here for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it seemed to be a museum about "white people in space". I was struck by the lack of people of color in ALL exhibits--even the CGI people in the film were all white! There have been quite a few black astronauts - - where were they mentioned in this whole museum?? It's also quite small... And only catered to children. Which is nice, but not engaging for myself, a childless individual! Still, it wasn't terrible. It had cool exhibits and the film about what astronauts need to live/survive in space was very cool.
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