Countdown to Reopening


Chabot Space & Science Center plans to reopen in November 2021 with new exhibitions, events and programs in partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center.


Coming Soon At The Center

We are excited to announce our partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center to create accessible STEAM community engagement and education opportunities in Oakland and beyond. Anchoring the partnership, a new visitor center for Ames will provide an immersive, dynamic STEAM environment called “The NASA Experience,” opening at Chabot in November 2021.

Extensive interior and exterior renovations are planned throughout the Center to create a fully immersive museum experience. Visitors can look forward to a re-envisioned Chabot Space & Science Center in November 2021 with new learning experiences throughout the Center.


New and Expanded Programs

In addition to changes inside the museum, Chabot Space & Science Center and NASA’s Ames Research Center intend to collaborate on a suite of educational programs for onsite school field trips, youth development programs, online learning platforms and offsite locations throughout Oakland and the broader East Bay at Chabot’s community partner locations.

Lastly, this partnership will create tangible STEAM career pathways for Oakland’s youth by developing explicit connections between NASA’s career opportunities and Chabot’s youth development programs.


Countdown With Us

As Chabot prepares reopen our doors, join us on the countdown to reopening with previews and updates on our newsletter and social media channels. We look forward to welcoming you back to a transformed Chabot Space & Science Center in November 2021.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chabot Space and Science Center (CSSC) open?

The Center is closed for general admission, but we are continuing to provide STEM programming virtually, outdoors and in our community.

What work is happening behind the scenes at the Center?

Our team is working to transform the Center inside and out to house The NASA Experience.

Chabot’s COVID committee is working to ensure a safe experience for our visitors and staff while the museum is closed for general admission and when we reopen. This will include new policies and procedures following guidelines from health authorities.

What programs are happening now?

While the museum is under construction, the public is invited to explore the skies virtually and during a limited number of special events on Chabot’s Observation Deck.

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Is CSSC still accepting bookings for event rentals (weddings, corporate meetings, filmings, conferences, etc.) during this time?

Current and future event rentals are not impacted by this announcement.

We are accepting bookings for future event rentals. Working within guidelines from health authorities, we are creating beautiful events with enhanced cleaning and social distancing procedures.

While we are offering small outdoor events now, we are still accepting larger bookings for future events with flexible rescheduling and live streaming options.

How will CSSC provide updates ?

Updates on our reopening, upcoming events and new activities will be communicated to all visitors via email, posted on the website, and shared via social media channels.

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