Chabot At a Glance

About Chabot

Chabot Space & Science Center is a non-profit institution and community resource located on 13 trail-laced acres in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland amid the largest stand of coastal redwoods in the East Bay.  Chabot features a 241-seat full dome planetarium, interactive and hands-on exhibits, space artifacts, a giant screen theater, a Challenger Learning Center, and the only research-level telescopes regularly available to the public for weekly live viewing in the Western United States.

Chabot’s mission is to inspire and educate learners of all ages about the Universe and Planet Earth.

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Chabot Stats:

  • 2018 operating budget of $4.8 million.
  • 86,510 square-foot complex on 13 acres of parkland.
  • 241-seat full dome Planetarium featuring Northern California’s only Zeiss Universarium star projector that can illuminate 9000 stars and celestial objects as well as a digital sky projector.
  • Three observatory domes connected by an observatory deck – housing the Center’s 8-inch (Leah, 1883) and 20-inch (Rachel, 1916) refracting telescopes, along with a 36-inch reflecting telescope (Nellie, 2003), which form the largest observatory complex free for public viewing in the Western United States.
  • 32-person capacity Challenger Learning Center with mission control and spacecraft simulators.
  • Scenic outdoor amphitheater on a north-south axis, featuring the solar color clock, created by Roger Berry.
  • 189,000 Center visitors annually.
  • 50,000 students, pre-school through high school, visit annually from around the Bay Area.
  • 986 classes/school groups visit on field trips.
  • Reaches 2,000 teachers annually through field trips, outreach, Dinner with a Scientist, Science Fairs, teacher professional development, and other activities.
  • Free Telescope Viewing every Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting.
  • $1 admission for up to 10 people with a Golden State Advantage Card.
  • More than 120 adults from across the Bay Area volunteer with Chabot and contribute 16,630 hours annually.