Chabot Space & Science Center

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About Chabot Space & Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center is an out-of-this world wedding venue nestled in the redwoods in Oakland, California. They offer multiple indoor and outdoor sites for celestial ceremonies and receptions. Their experienced events team will ensure your celebration is everything you dreamed it to be.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 1,500 guests spread throughout the various exhibit levels at this outdoorsy venue. The Richard L. Spees Building is the grand entryway to the state-of-the-art Center, and offer three levels of exhibits and two theaters. It features an octagonal skylight in their rotunda, floor-to-ceiling windows, a glass skybridge and loggia encasing the building’s exterior. You can use all three levels for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Additional spaces include:

  • Pleiades Courtyard - features an amphitheater, tented dining area, a garden and a central courtyard.
  • Astronomy Hall - the largest unobstructed event space at the Center. It features contiguous dining and dancing for up to 250 guests, along with a built-in projector, screen and speakers.
  • Observatory Complex - an outdoor complex that houses their three iconic telescopes. Guests can gaze out at the night sky with the help of one of their expert astronomers.
  • Planetarium - features a 70-foot dome with an advanced universe visualization system. You can exchange your vows set in front of a rising moon, a swirling nebula, or gently twinkling stars, followed by a show of your choice for guests.

Services Offered
Chabot Space & Science Center offers multiple wedding packages for you to choose from. They offer a list of preferred caterers and event rentals to make your planning flow smoothly. Additional services include:

  • Hospitality Room
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pet friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible

Other Services
In addition to hosting lavish weddings within Redwood Regional Park, this special venue will also host an intimate elopement. Additional events include:

  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Bridal shower
  • Engagement party
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38 Reviews for Chabot Space & Science Center

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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  • Holly

    Holly · Married on 03/14/2020

    5.0
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    Beautiful Venue

    We had our wedding in early March. Samantha was a pleasure to work with. I had a soft spot in my heart knowing my venue costs were going towards a non-profit and good cause. The venue itself is stunning and set such a positive vibe for the wedding. There were a number of unimaginable hurdles we had to jump through to make our wedding happen and it turned out perfectly. I would recommend this location, scenery, venue to anybody!

    Sent on 03/25/2020

    Chabot Space & Science Center's reply:

    Hi Holly,

    Thank you for such kind words. Our team was so happy to host you (we all love a pi theme at a science center)! You were thrown quite a few unfair obstacles in the days leading up to your wedding, but you handled each one with such grace. You two are truly prepared to navigate a long and happy marriage. We are wishing you all the best, and hope you'll be able to visit us again soon!
    -Samantha
  • Jan

    Jan · Married on 03/14/2020

    5.0
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    Pi day Wedding amid Covid Fears

    We have nothing but profound praise for Chabot Space and Science Center — it is an amazing place to get married; even during a pandemic. Our nerdy, science themed, Pi Day wedding also happened to be 2 days before the Bay Area Secure in Place. Two Weeks Later, we are happy to report that no guest is sick. Chabot’s proactive response and professionalism was a big factor. The museum went above and beyond in communicating with us at every step of the rapidly changing circumstances that were occurring at that time. Nicole P and her team did such a good job. We used the planetarium and the “stage direction” and cues involved were something we hadn’t even considered, but it went off without a single problem. The museum has so much to offer guests and is a wonderful space. It also feels so good to work with a community nonprofit and not a corporate hotel space. Besides being our wedding venue , it’s just a special place and you should go there and learn about space.

    Sent on 04/02/2020

    Chabot Space & Science Center's reply:

    Thank you again for celebrating with us, and for sharing such a kind review! Covid-19 impacted us in such unpredictable ways, and we truly appreciated your flexibility as we all rolled with the punches and came up with spur of the moment problem-solving! We are so impressed by what a fun, unique, and beautiful wedding you planned and hope you and all your family and friends stay safe and sound.

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Chabot Space & Science Center Pricing

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Chabot Space & Science Center FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 4200
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 4200
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 900
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 900
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Parking
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    1500
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    6
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Garden
    Museum
    Park
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Outside Vendors
    Pet Friendly
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Drapery
    Tables
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    December

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

  • Chabot Space & Science Center 1
    Sunset Micro-ceremony & Telescope Viewings

    For $900, the wedding couple receives:

    • 2 hours for groups up to 25 guests for a sunset ceremony on the Observation Deck
    • 1 hour of private viewings in the historic telescopes led by Chabot astronomers (weather permitting)
    • Champagne toast for each guest

    This offer is good for new 2020 and 2021 bookings, and subject to county and statement guidelines

Team of Chabot Space & Science Center

Samantha Stevick

Samantha Stevick

Assistant Director of Event Sales

I absolutely love this beautiful Oakland museum and observatory and would be thrilled to help you plan a special day in the stars. I've worked with weddings since I was 16 as a caterer, and I've even been a bridesmaid 9 times! My favorite thing about Chabot is that the cost of your wedding supports all the educational programming we do for our community. It feels great to help couples realize their wedding dreams while also making a difference for local children every day I go to work.

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  • Grier Cooper Photography
    Grier Cooper Photography Wedding Photographers

    If you want to create a highly entertaining, unique wedding, look no further. Chabot has so much to offer, from gorgeous sunsets, interactive science-y fun (including planetarium shows and telescope viewings) and incredible Bay Area views.... and let's not forget the free parking! They also offer stellar catering options (sorry for the pun, but it's true) so you and your guests will enjoy an amazing feast.

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  • 10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA, 94619 See on map
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