Why You'll Love This Place
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Looking for an out-of-this-world location to celebrate your wedding? Let the stars smile on you at Chabot Space & Science Center. In the evenings, this state-of-the-art science education center perched high in the Oakland hills makes a unique setting for private events.
The Center is surrounded by 13 wooded acres in Joaquin Miller Park, and its architecture takes full advantage of that fact with numerous floor-to-ceiling windows, a glass skyway, and a catwalk-like loggia up in the trees. The two main buildings, the Spees and Dellums Buildings, are linked at the second floor by the Skybridge, and at ground level by a courtyard with gardens. Exposed ceilings, black floors, and architectural details in aluminum create a polished look throughout the center.
Event spaces in the Spees Building include two levels of exhibits for a reception or cocktail hour. You may also want to consider serving cocktails in the building’s sleek open spaces: There are several areas where you can stand on the ground floor and gaze all the way up to the top of the second floor. The most striking of these is the Rotunda, an atrium-like space capped by a huge octagonal skylight—it’s perfect for a phenomenal dance party.
The Spees Building is also home to a 241-seat planetarium that features one of the world’s most advanced immersive visualization systems. It allows you to take your audience on a real-time journey to the edge of the known universe and back again. We loved the idea of a celestial ceremony in the planetarium: Imagine getting married on a spot-lit stage beneath a 70-foot dome of gorgeous night sky thick with stars, while your guests sit spellbound in comfortable tiered seats. If you want to go all out, you can even make arrangements with the projectionist to create a sky that changes throughout the event.
Another appealing ceremony option—and one that will give every guest a great vantage point—is the semicircular Amphitheater surrounded by trees. At the top level of the amphitheater, the Pleiades Courtyard stretches back to the Spees Building café. Together, the two spaces make a convenient and casual indoor/outdoor spot for serving post-ceremony refreshments. After dining, guests will enjoy strolling through the adjacent EnviroGarden, designed to showcase native plants.
The newly renovated Astronomy Hall in the Dellums Building is ideal for an indoor reception for up to 250 seated guests. It opens to the outdoor plaza of the Chabot Observatory, the highest point of the Center, where your guests will be wowed by sweeping bay views over the treetops. Here they can also experience the brand new Observation Deck, designed in partnership with San Francisco’s Exploratorium. If you like, host your ceremony and cocktail hour on the plaza overlooking Oakland, before stepping into the Hall to dine. Later in the evening, guests are invited back to the Observatory for viewing the night sky with Chabot’s astronomy team.
Chabot Space & Science Center is a stellar (sorry, we couldn’t resist) venue, not just for weddings, but for private and corporate events, too. And even if you aren’t an astronomy buff, you’ll delight in the sunset over the bay and the dazzling nighttime panorama of city lights twinkling below.
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COMING SOON: The NASA Experience!
A new partnership between NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley and Chabot Space & Science Center is now underway. Anchoring the partnership, a new visitor center for Ames will provide an immersive, dynamic STEAM environment called The NASA Experience.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
Rental fees depend on the space(s) reserved and include:
- Cost of the rental facility
- On-site event staff and security service for evening events
- Up to two 1-hour planning walkthroughs
- Taxes and service fees
Note: A discount is available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups.
- Package prices vary depending on:
- Day of week
- Package chosen
Indoor packages include a 2-hour Planetarium ceremony rental, and a 7-hour rental of the indicated reception spaces.
Across the Universe Package | Planetarium + Studio Spaces | $9,900–11,900
Written in the Stars Package | Planetarium + Spees Building | $8,500–10,900
Saturn's Rings Package | Planetarium + 1 Floor Spees Building | $5,900–7,900
Outdoor packages and indoor/outdoor packages include a 2-hour Chabot Observatory ceremony, rental and a 7-hour rental of the indicated reception spaces.
Moonlight Package | Chabot Observatory + Astronomy Hall (indoor) | $7,900–9,500
Open Sky Package | Chabot Observatory | $5,500 (Sunday–Thursday only)
Pleiades Package | Amphitheater (no Chabot) + Pleiades Courtyard | $4,500–5,500
Mini-wedding packages range $1,700 (1-hour Planetarium ceremony and Planetarium show for 50 people) to $1,900 (2-hour Observation Deck ceremony and 1-hour private telescope viewing for 30).
Up to 3 private telescope rentals available with additional fee, depending on day of the week.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 241.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Chabot Observatory seats 175, the Amphitheater seats 130 guests, the planetarium seats up to 241, and Astronomy Hall accommodates up to 250.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 650 seated or 1,200 standing guests indoors, and 250 seated outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Classroom 2 holds up to 35 seated. Classrooms 1, 3, and 4 can each seat up to 45 guests; Classrooms 3 & 4 can be combined to accommodate 90 seated. The planetarium seats up to 241 theater-style, and The Theater seats up to 205 theater-style.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- Late Night
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
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Year-round. Monday and Tuesday, 6am–midnight; Wednesday–Sunday, 5pm–midnight. Some seasonal restrictions apply; call for details.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Loft / Warehouse / Industrial
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Penthouse / Rooftop
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Landscaped Grounds
- Ocean / Bay
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: full kitchen
Tables & Chairs: BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: built in or BYO
Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: ample free parking on site
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: renter or caterer
View: panoramic and bay views
Other: use of exhibits; some event coordination provided
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: licensed server required
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: extra liability required
Other: no balloons or confetti
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