Plan Your Visit FAQ
Do you offer ASTC reciprocal membership?
We offer discounted admission (including 2 planetarium shows) to the following reciprocal members of local ASTC institutions that reside within 90 miles of the Center:
- Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Members of ASTC institutions not listed above that reside outside of the 90 mile radius will receive FREE admission and 1 planetarium show. Always call your intended destination before you visit to confirm your travel passport program benefits as residency requirements do apply. Your museum membership card and ID are required.
Am I allowed to take photos at the Center?
During your visit, you're welcome to take photos and video for your personal use only. Don't forget to tag #chabotspaceandsciencecenter on social media!
Photography is not permitted during planetarium shows.
Do you have a cafe?
Are you a smoke-free facility?
For the health and safety of our guests and the protection of the surrounding parklands, smoking is prohibited at the Center including outdoor areas.
Can I re-enter the Center if I forgot something?
General Admission is valid for the entire day. For re-entry to the Center, show your admission ticket at the front desk.
What is your Planetarium seating policy?
Seating in the planetarium begins 10 minutes prior to show time. Chabot Members receive priority seating in the planetarium. For the safety of visitors, late seating is not permitted once the show has started.
What are your Box Office hours?
The Box office is open during the Center’s regular public hours. Admission may be purchased up to an hour before closing. Visitors may apply their admission toward a membership at the Box Office. Membership transfers must be completed before the Center closes.
Do you have parking for my camper?
The Parking Structure has a maximum clearance of 7 feet. Campers Vehicles with a clearance of higher than 7 feet may park in the Staff Lot near the Observatory Complex. Follow the signs to the Observatory to the Staff Lot.