History and Timeline
Chabot Space & Science Center is the continuation and expansion of a public observatory that has served San Francisco Bay Area schools and citizens with astronomy and science education programs since 1883.
Originally located in downtown Oakland at Jefferson and 11th Street, Chabot was moved to its Mountain Boulevard location. A commemorative marker was placed at the original site for the Center's 125th anniversary celebration. The original telescope, Leah, along with her companion, Rachel, were moved to the Skyline Boulevard site in 2000. There, our third and largest telescope, Nellie was added.
You can download an Adobe PDF file of our history and timeline here.