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MON, TUE: Closed

WED & THU : 10am - 5pm

FRI & SAT : 10am - 10pm

SUN : 10am - 5pm

After Dark

Really Cool Experiences Happen After Dark

Chabot offers many wonderful experiences, many of them After Dark. Whether you are looking for a unique date night experience or a fun place to search for galaxies and nebula, Chabot has something for everyone. We are open late every Friday and Saturday evenings and feature telescope viewing from our three giant telescopes, weather permitting of course. In addition, we will have special events, lectures and parties for many occasions including group events and corporate team building.

From time to time we rent out our Center for weddings, corporate holiday parties and private events. Check our calendar for those dates.

The list below is just some of the wonderful things you will find AFTER DARK at Chabot.

Bookmark this page to see the things that interest you After Dark.

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  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    Tickets: $14 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373

    Enjoy a hike through the beautiful redwoods! After the hike, stay and explore other amazing objects in the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike will take place rain or shine.

  • Art or Science

    Art or Science

    Saturday Apr 25th, Opening Event: 8 - 10pm

    Join us as we change the landscape of Chabot with two new unearthly, visionary sculptures by local artists Ryon Gesink and Orion Fredericks. We’ll explore the interplay between art and science with local artists, dance to the eclectic sounds of musician Michael Chiaravelotti, and learn what inspired Ryon and Orion to make their fantastical creations. Beer and wine will be for sale.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

    Each Sunday preceding the 1st quarter moon, the Eastbay Astronomical Society invites you to a special private telescope viewing. Unlike our regular viewing on Friday and Saturday evenings, EAS personalizes the experience by taking viewing requests, live interaction, and hosting tours and it's exclusively for our members!

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Apr 26 (Apollo 13)
    June 21 (Land before Time)

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

  • Lost in Space

    Lost in Space

    Adult Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®

    Flyers must be 21+
    Tickets: $30 (does not include general admission)
    Just like our public missions for families, but this one is strictly for adult flyers. Bring your friends and join an intrepid team to land on the red planet, construct a probe to send to one of the moons of Mars and save your crew from calamity. Grab your flight suit, strap on a helmet and experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission to Mars! Beer (provided by Federation Brewery), wine and light snacks will be provided.

  • Special Closures

    Special Closures

    Please check the link here for specific information on closures; all or portions of our Center are closed for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.



  • Meteor Shower

    Meteor Shower

    May 6: Hang out on the hill and watch the Eta Aquarids meteor shower make its annual trip through the atmosphere and light up the night sky.  Visibility will be obscured by a nearly full moon, but our experts will be on hand to help you catch the brightest meteors. 

    When: This is a late night event 12am-3am
    Where: Observation Deck (located at the rear of the Museum)
    Price: Free (Center will be closed at this time)

    *Visibility is subject to weather conditions.

  • Dog Hike: A Maddie's Fund Adoption Event

    Dog Hike: A Maddie's Fund Adoption Event

    Hike through the redwoods with your pup on a daytime 2-3 mile hike.  Don’t have a dog? Don’t worry! Arrive early to meet and connect with adoptable dogs from Maddie’s Fund that will be able to join you on the hike.  Coffee and pastries will be available from 11-12pm. 
    Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days has supported the adoptions of more than 30,000 homeless dogs and cats since the program's inception in 2010. For each pet adopted, Maddie's Fund® gives participating shelters from $500 to $2,000 to cover the true costs of those adoptions. This funding enables the shelters and rescue groups to save and treat more animals throughout the year.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Friday May 8th 6:00-7:30pm

    Ed Finn: How to Build a Dream Machine
    We can’t imagine a future if we don’t have the words to describe it. The first building blocks of any new world are stories and ideas. This was the inspiration for Project Hieroglyph, an experiment in bringing scientists, engineers and science fiction writers together to dream up astounding, technically feasible visions of the near future. Using Hieroglyph as a launching point, this talk will explore the relationship between science fiction and science and the vital role of imagination in getting big stuff done.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday May 23 6:00pm

    Romance and the Redwoods
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Wine and dine your date in our love laboratory! Enjoy a cozy catered dinner in our working chemistry lab and ignite a spark with that special someone. After dinner, let our trail guide lead the way for a romantic 1-2 mile sunset walk through the redwoods as you learn about the native species that surround Chabot.

  • Center Open!

    Center Open!

    The center will be Open to the public for holiday hours! Please check the link here for specific information and to purchase tickets.


  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Jun 13th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Supper Club: Love and Libations
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Wine and dine your date in our love laboratory! We’ll start the evening with Chabot’s signature color-changing cocktail and make our way through different wines and beers perfectly paired for each coarse. Learn the science behind the creation of beer and wine and how to enhance your dining experience.

  • Summer Solstice Celebration

    Summer Solstice Celebration

    Saturday, June 20 (6pm - 8pm)
    Program: $15

    Enjoy the long warm day as we commemorate the Solstice with an outdoor summer soiree. Play classic lawn games, kick up your heels to live music, and indulge in sweet treats at this fun event for the whole family. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Star Stories

    Star Stories

    Tickets: $15 (children 2 years & under free)
    Does not include General Admission

    This summer, lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night's sky.

    Please note: Weather permitting for outside viewing. If night sky conditions are or become poor for viewing the program will take place inside one of our historic telescope domes. Please check our weather station for more day-of details or call us at (510) 336-7373 for more information. Don't forget to bring your blankets!

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Jul 11 6:00pm

    Supper Club: Explosive Experiments
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Test your love chemistry at this explosive Supper Club! Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner with your sweetheart in our in science laboratory, then become a part of fun! Couples will find that sparks will fly as you participate in exploding experiments led by our resident scientist.

  • Sounds to Space: A Concert with Composing Together

    Sounds to Space: A Concert with Composing Together

    Enjoy a free concert as Chabot partners with Composing Together and noted professional astronomers, including Jon Jenkins of SETI, to consider what music might be like on other planets. Scientists have already found more than 1500 planets outside our solar system. Each one has its own possibilities for life and music. Our audiences first hear original "earthly” works by our composers, then they learn about other possible life, and finally the students collaborate with the composers to create a "grand finale” to finish the concert.

  • Dog Days Preview and Maddie’s Fund Adoption Event

    Dog Days Preview and Maddie’s Fund Adoption Event

    Can’t wait for Chabot’s annual Dog Days of Summer Event? Get a sneak peek at what we have in store this August with a special preview sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. Make a connection with Maddie’s Fund’s adorable adoptable dogs and meet with nutritionists and trainers who will help you give your pup the best care.


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  • Inspired by Space

    Inspired by Space

    Astronomy discoveries and art often go hand in hand. See through the eyes of pioneers in space exploration - astronomers who have dared to draw what they saw. We’ll look at how art inspires future scientific discovery and how scientific discovery inspires art. With an expert guide and cutting-edge astronomical visuals, the Cosmos 360 series reveals the workings of the Universe from new perspectives.

  • Back To The Moon For Good

    Back To The Moon For Good

    To the Moon... with no return? This new planetarium show follows the excitement of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The ultimate example of citizen science, the winning team will successfully land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, have it travel 500 meters on the surface, and send back video imagery. Who will win the $30 million prize? After 40 years, the race is heating up once again, get in on the action!

  • Cosmos 360 Series - Inspired by Space

    Cosmos 360 Series - Inspired by Space

    Previously Recorded
    Astronomy discoveries and art often go hand in hand. See through the eyes of pioneers in space exploration - astronomers who have dared to draw what they saw. We'll look at how art inspires future scientific discovery and how scientific discovery inspires art. With an expert guide and cutting-edge astronomical visuals, the Cosmos 360 series reveals the workings of the Universe from new perspectives.

  • Astronaut

    Astronaut

    The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner & outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

    ASTRONAUT is produced by the National Space Centre.

  • Tales of the Maya Skies

    Tales of the Maya Skies

    Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itz�. Hear the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies, a new digital full-dome planetarium show produced by Chabot Space & Science Center. Narrated by Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies transports us to the jungles of Mexico, presenting the rich history and culture of the ancient Maya. Using the latest three dimensional laser scanning and advanced graphic techniques, Tales of the Maya Skies weaves together the richness of Maya culture, stories, science and contributions to our way of life.

    A Chabot Space & Science Center production. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

  • LaserMania Pink Floyd

    LaserMania Pink Floyd

    Based on Pink Floyd's 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!

    Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. It's sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

  • LaserMania Laser Pop

    LaserMania Laser Pop

    NEW SHOW!
    The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have you singing out loud and dancing in your seat! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, like Pink, N’Sync, Smash Mouth and more!  Grab your friends for a fun night of pop music on the hill.

  • LaserMania The Beatles

    LaserMania The Beatles

    The "Fab Four's" best spanning 6 years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation.