About Us

The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is a children’s museum where kids ages 0-10 can engage in playful exploration. Located in Fort Baker, BADM’s 7.5 acres of indoor and outdoor space offers adults endless opportunities to engage children in activities and exhibits that are fun and creative, but also thoughtfully designed. BADM’s unique experiences ask children to use key creative problem-solving and thinking skills—which develop significantly during the first decade of life—but in a way that is exciting and relevant for them. There are not enough spaces where learning is made to be fun, and where fun encourages further learning. BADM fills that gap.

We know that activities and exhibits that tap into children’s passions and interests spark their curiosity to learn more. All of BADM’s experiences for children and adults are based on the findings of our in-house research department. We work to provide parents and caregivers with a safe space where they can encourage their children to try something new, watch them test out an original idea, and help them solve unexpected challenges.

Our daily drop-in programs, traveling and permanent exhibits, and special events encourage all children to discover and grow their natural curiosity for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. We know that this learning happens best during early childhood, which is why all BADM activities are designed for children to achieve our seven, research-backed learning goals. Each time you visit BADM, you are helping your child to:

  • Be Curious
  • Come Up with New Ideas and Try Them Out
  • Make Thoughtful Decisions
  • Communicate Thinking
  • Take Risks and Persist Through Challenge
  • Learn to Collaborate
  • Build STEM Knowledge

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We know that children are capable of asking powerful questions; each visit to the Bay Area Discovery Museum is an opportunity for them to interact with the world in a hands-on way, so that they can discover the answers.

Our mission is to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

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Museum Hours

Summer Hours
Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.* - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Explore BADM’s exhibit spaces designed for children ages 0-10.
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Board of Trustees

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Career Opportunities

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 Our Staff

Our staff works hard to make every visit special. Learn a little more about us!
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Research and Advisory

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BADM is a partner of the Golden Gate National Parks.
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Financial Statements and Annual Reports

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