Chabot Space & Science Center

★★★☆☆
  • 10000 Skyline Blvd

    Oakland, CA 94619

    Cross street: at Castle

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  • 510-336-7300

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Summer Hours MON: Closed TUE ; WED & THU: 10am - 5pm FRI & SAT: 10am - 10pm SUN: 11am - 5pm
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the Chabot Space and Science Center should have been a great thing for Oakland, but when we pulled up and we wavered on whether we were going to actually go in and only decided when the ticket agent bartered with us, we should have known we were in for a rough day. Very picturesque location, but very tricky to find the place which is way out in the middle of nowhere.The outside of the building is highly impressive, but once you go inside, it all falls apart. There was basically nothing to see here. We're talking maybe 30 minutes of actual entertainment value and with that you have to chuck your brain out the door. The movie was basically designed by someone with a learning disability (sorry that it actually an insult to people with learning disabilities) and most of the exhibits were either uninteresting, broken, or we just could not figure out why they even existed. Save your money and buy your kids a really good book on space. Extra star because I feel sorry for the place, but honestly, they need to fire the people running this place and get a new director to get this place moving in the right direction. Right now, it is an embarrassment.

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★★☆☆☆

the Chabot Space and Science Center should have been a great thing for Oakland, but when we pulled up and we wavered on whether we were going to actually go in and only decided when the ticket agent bartered with us, we should have known we were in for a rough day. Very picturesque location, but very tricky to find the place which is way out in the middle of nowhere.The outside of the building is highly impressive, but once you go inside, it all falls apart. There was basically nothing to see here. We're talking maybe 30 minutes of actual entertainment value and with that you have to chuck your brain out the door. The movie was basically designed by someone with a learning disability (sorry that it actually an insult to people with learning disabilities) and most of the exhibits were either uninteresting, broken, or we just could not figure out why they even existed. Save your money and buy your kids a really good book on space. Extra star because I feel sorry for the place, but honestly, they need to fire the people running this place and get a new director to get this place moving in the right direction. Right now, it is an embarrassment.

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I visited the Chabot Space and Science Center with my girlfriend and 5-year-old child. It was terrible!

Expensive; hugely expensive for what you actually have to see, which is very very little that isn't a poster, a computer screen or a toy. The SF Exploratorium has much better stuff along those lines for less money, and doesn't pretend to be a "Space and Science Center".

What do you actually see? Well, there are a couple of old space suits and some dried space meals. There is a Mercury capsule; oh, no, that's a replica. There is a huge meteorite; oh, no that's a fake too. There's a planetarium, which I was excited about as I had never seen one. It turned out to be a dreadful, sub-literate cartoon instead. There is a nice fiberglass model of Mars. Honestly, that was the best thing there.

Some simple suggestions, if they ever wanted to improve their setup.

1) Pluto is not a planet. In August last year it was demoted. When I asked one of the staff if they had any plans to update the displays to reflect scientific reality, they gave a very good impression of not having a clue what I was talking about. Wow. It was in the papers and everything.

2) The Saturn V was the tallest rocket built, but far from the most powerful. That would be the Soviet N-1 rocket.

3) Most of all, get some decent exhibits. For $13 I expect to see more and better than what I saw today.

Unless you hear it has changed (and, as they never even answered my email complaining about the problems with their "exhibits", I wouldn't see that happening any time soon), I recommend you do something else with your hard-earned cash.

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited the Chabot Space and Science Center with my girlfriend and 5-year-old child. It was terrible!

Expensive; hugely expensive for what you actually have to see, which is very very little that isn't a poster, a computer screen or a toy. The SF Exploratorium has much better stuff along those lines for less money, and doesn't pretend to be a "Space and Science Center".

What do you actually see? Well, there are a couple of old space suits and some dried space meals. There is a Mercury capsule; oh, no, that's a replica. There is a huge meteorite; oh, no that's a fake too. There's a planetarium, which I was excited about as I had never seen one. It turned out to be a dreadful, sub-literate cartoon instead. There is a nice fiberglass model of Mars. Honestly, that was the best thing there.

Some simple suggestions, if they ever wanted to improve their setup.

1) Pluto is not a planet. In August last year it was demoted. When I asked one of the staff if they had any plans to update the displays to reflect scientific reality, they gave a very good impression of not having a clue what I was talking about. Wow. It was in the papers and everything.

2) The Saturn V was the tallest rocket built, but far from the most powerful. That would be the Soviet N-1 rocket.

3) Most of all, get some decent exhibits. For $13 I expect to see more and better than what I saw today.

Unless you hear it has changed (and, as they never even answered my email complaining about the problems with their "exhibits", I wouldn't see that happening any time soon), I recommend you do something else with your hard-earned cash.

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Sparse exhibits, bad replicas and loads of factual errors plus it's expensive on top of that. I could not believe how poor the exhibits were. Nothing more than posters and a few large plaster models of planets. The planetarium "show" was a low resolution projection of a badly computer animated trip around the solar system and like much of the info presented throughout the museum, it featured dated info that still called Pluto a planet. It's been demoted to dwarf planet since August of 2006 because it is about 1/5th the size of Earth's moon. I can understand the film being outdated by a few months but the permanent exhibits too? And according to the museum staff they have no intention of updating the permanent exhibitions to reflect current thinking in astronomy and cosmology.

What a perfect waste of an afternoon. The telescopes are very cool and you can view things through them FOR FREE on most clear evenings and skip paying the $13 a head to wander around looking at bad posters and old information.

There are far better science museums for children and adults. The California Academy Of Sciences, even in its temporary home on Howard Street in SF is a far better bang for your buck. Easy to get to by BART too. The Exploratorium is the best of the lot. Stunning interactive exhibits as far as the eye can see. The Children's Discovery Museum and the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose are also pretty cool. Down at NASA Ames they have a real moon rock you can look at for free and that beats the entire contents of Chabot.

Don't encourage these people. Take your dollars to a museum that keeps up with things and makes the effort to enlighten and entertain.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sparse exhibits, bad replicas and loads of factual errors plus it's expensive on top of that. I could not believe how poor the exhibits were. Nothing more than posters and a few large plaster models of planets. The planetarium "show" was a low resolution projection of a badly computer animated trip around the solar system and like much of the info presented throughout the museum, it featured dated info that still called Pluto a planet. It's been demoted to dwarf planet since August of 2006 because it is about 1/5th the size of Earth's moon. I can understand the film being outdated by a few months but the permanent exhibits too? And according to the museum staff they have no intention of updating the permanent exhibitions to reflect current thinking in astronomy and cosmology.

What a perfect waste of an afternoon. The telescopes are very cool and you can view things through them FOR FREE on most clear evenings and skip paying the $13 a head to wander around looking at bad posters and old information.

There are far better science museums for children and adults. The California Academy Of Sciences, even in its temporary home on Howard Street in SF is a far better bang for your buck. Easy to get to by BART too. The Exploratorium is the best of the lot. Stunning interactive exhibits as far as the eye can see. The Children's Discovery Museum and the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose are also pretty cool. Down at NASA Ames they have a real moon rock you can look at for free and that beats the entire contents of Chabot.

Don't encourage these people. Take your dollars to a museum that keeps up with things and makes the effort to enlighten and entertain.

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If you like space and science then you definitely should visit the Chabot Space & Science Center. It is a great place for kids too to learn more about space and science in a fun and interesting environment. My favorite exhibit there is this really cool planetarium that has a 70 foot dome where they project amazing space images and produce amazing digital sound.

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★★★★★

If you like space and science then you definitely should visit the Chabot Space & Science Center. It is a great place for kids too to learn more about space and science in a fun and interesting environment. My favorite exhibit there is this really cool planetarium that has a 70 foot dome where they project amazing space images and produce amazing digital sound.

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The Chabot Space & Science Center is a great place to visit for the whole family. It is a beautiful and amazing facility that features a domed theatre that shows really cool space and science movies and a world-class planetarium with stars so real you feel like you're actually outside looking at the stars. They have three large telescopes that the public can use for viewing. Truly an amazing place that is fun for adults and kids alike.

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★★★★☆

The Chabot Space & Science Center is a great place to visit for the whole family. It is a beautiful and amazing facility that features a domed theatre that shows really cool space and science movies and a world-class planetarium with stars so real you feel like you're actually outside looking at the stars. They have three large telescopes that the public can use for viewing. Truly an amazing place that is fun for adults and kids alike.

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I went here to do a report in my science class, and this girl and I went together and we ended up having a lot of fun! They have an IMAX theatre which we did not get to participate in unfortunately, but what a cool thing to be able to see an educational and interseting film on such a large scale!! Their exhibits all explain what you're doing and what it is relevant to in space! Very enjoyable!

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★★★★☆

I went here to do a report in my science class, and this girl and I went together and we ended up having a lot of fun! They have an IMAX theatre which we did not get to participate in unfortunately, but what a cool thing to be able to see an educational and interseting film on such a large scale!! Their exhibits all explain what you're doing and what it is relevant to in space! Very enjoyable!

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Chabot has to be my favorite science museum. It's got so much to do and is a nice facility with primo location for star-gazing. Staff is super nice and the flight simulation is uber cool! definitely recommend! and be sure to check out the state-of-the-art planetarium!

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★★★★★

Chabot has to be my favorite science museum. It's got so much to do and is a nice facility with primo location for star-gazing. Staff is super nice and the flight simulation is uber cool! definitely recommend! and be sure to check out the state-of-the-art planetarium!

 

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