Richard L. Spees Building

The Spees Building is our grand entryway to the Center and includes three levels of exhibits and two theaters. From the octagonal skylight of the Rotunda to the floor-to-ceiling windows, glass skybridge, and Loggia hugging the exterior of the building, you’ll feel like you are up in the trees while surrounded by the clean lines of our spectacular architecture.


Seated capacity: 250
Great for receiving guests, dancing, and live entertainment, this space includes the Rotunda topped by a skylight that radiates sunlight and moonlight. Our Destination Universe exhibit invites guests to engage in fascinating interactive and digital media displays about the wonders of our universe.


Seated Capacity: 100
A series of dramatic settings with various views of the redwoods, skyline, and hilltops can be enjoyed from our Loggia. The Upper Rotunda, Mezzanine, and Loggia all provide space for dinner tables and buffet stations. Your guests will enjoy our Beyond Blastoff exhibit where you can offer cocktails and appetizers in an engaging atmosphere they won’t soon forget.


Seated Capacity: 60
Ideal for a meet-and-greet and cocktail party, a small seated dinner, or a private meeting space, the  Lower Level of Spees is a charming area surrounded by the gorgeous images of our Touch the Sun exhibit. The space can also be used as an elegant bridal suite or groom’s room for your preparations before the ceremony.


Seated Capacity: 200
Located between the Spees and Dellums buildings, this location features an Amphitheater, tented dining space, garden, and central courtyard. It is perfect as an informal presentation space or a lovely outdoor setting for special events such as weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, and corporate or client appreciation dinners.

Ron Dellums Building

Complete with an expansive hall featuring industrial styling and individual breakout spaces, the Dellums building is ideal for conferences, meetings, team building retreats, and banquets. Spaces here include built-in audio and visual capabilities to bring your presentation to life.


Seated Capacity: 350 (rows); 250 (dining with room for dance floor)
This hall is the largest unobstructed event space for contiguous seating and dining. With a built-in projector, screen, and speakers, Astronomy Hall can also serve as a lecture hall. Conveniently located next to the Observatory Complex, your guests will be able to step outside for beautiful views overlooking the Bay Area and access our three historical telescopes.

Project Create is a mobile exhibit in Astronomy Hall where guests play, design, and marvel as they build, add, and innovate to make their most adventurous ideas take shape. Elements of Project Create may be incorporated into your event within Astronomy Hall if desired.


Hauben, Capacity: 35
Galileo, Capacity: 45
Kepler & Copernicus adjoining rooms, Capacity: 45 individually or 90 combined
Four meeting rooms are perfect for conferences, meetings, retreats, luncheons, or a bridal suite and groom’s lounge. Each room is fully equipped with built-in projectors, drop down screens, dimmable lighting, whiteboards, laptop connectivity, and lapel mics. Rooms come with furniture and can be set up in theater (semicircle), classroom (straight rows), or any variety of configurations. The adjoining Kepler and Copernicus rooms can be combined with synced projectors.


Seated Capacity: 150
Located adjacent to the Dellums Building, this outdoor complex houses Chabot’s iconic telescopes where sweeping bay views are sure to amaze guests. With the help of one of our expert astronomers, you and your guests can explore the magnificent night sky and discover stars, planets, and colorful nebulae visible through our 8” and 20” refractor telescopes and our 36” reflector telescope. Viewings are free to event guests year-round (weather permitting) on Friday and Saturday evenings. The telescopes and Observatory are available for rent Sunday-Thursday starting at 5PM, or 5-7PM on Fridays and Saturdays. A rental of the Observatory Deck includes 2 hours of private viewing with observatory staff and astronomers.**

** Must be dark for viewing and weather permitted


Capacity: 60
Turn a standard meeting into an engaging experience with a state-of-the-art, science-themed setting. With the quintessential science classroom feel, our Biology and Chemistry/Physics Labs are excellent for performing demos and presentations for learning, team building, or strategic planning.



Capacity: 241
Under the 70-foot dome you can take your audience on real-time journeys to the edge of the known universe and back again. Project your own presentation, proposal, memorial, or create the perfect ceremony under the stars with one of the world’s most advanced visualization systems. Select from Chabot’s extensive list of educational and visually immersive shows.


Capacity: 205
This 60-foot diameter giant screen is ideal for a special lecture, conference presentation, or film viewing. Customize your own experience by playing your favorite movie on High-Definition Blu-Ray or DVD. You can even rent the auditorium to play video games on a massive scale!

Contact us today to schedule a walk through:
(510) 336-7439 or rentals@chabotspace.org