Membership - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Membership

Becoming a member of the Bay Area Discovery Museum goes beyond standard perks like free admission and discounts at the Discovery Store and Bean Sprouts Café. It also entitles you to exciting benefits like members-only programs, events, and VIP exhibit previews. Additionally, you’ll receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, guest passes, and free or discounted admission to 300 participating museums across the country.

Family Membership ($159.95)

Join (or renew) now for $159.95 for access to:

  • Free year-round admission for two named adults and children in household
  • $2 off admission for accompanying guests each visit
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Discovery Store
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Bean Sprouts Café
  • Exclusive access to the museum every Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. (Starting September 23, 2017)
  • A $25 credit towards a BADM birthday party!
  • Free or discounted admission to 300+ children’s museums and science centers nationwide
  • Free members-only programs and events
  • Subscription to quarterly newsletter

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General admission not valid for Goblin Jamboree. Membership privileges cannot be shared or transferred with others.

A 20% discount is available for teachers and corporate partner employees for Family Membership.

Family Access Membership ($35)

We offer reduced-cost memberships for families who qualify. Family Access Memberships include all of the same benefits of a Family Membership. To qualify, your family must participate in at least one of the following programs:

  • Food Stamps/CalFresh Program/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Free and Reduced School Lunch
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF)
  • Section 8/Public Housing
  • Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)/Healthy Families
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Low Income Energy Assistance/Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Kaiser Permanente Cares for Kids (Child Health Plan)
  • Licensed Foster Parent
  • Active Military and Veterans
  • One Child Enrolled in a Connections Partner School

Ways to Join:

  1. The easiest way to join is at the front desk on your next visit. Simply show a front desk staff member your proof of eligibility. You may pay with credit card, cash, or check at the front desk.
  2. Join by mail by downloading and completing the Family Access Membership application and mailing it to us along with a photo copy of your proof of eligibility and payment. (Download the application in English, Spanish, and Chinese.) Please do not send cash in the mail. Mail to Attn: Membership Access Program, Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965. You will receive your membership cards within 2 – 3 weeks after you mail in your application.

General admission not valid for Goblin Jamboree. Membership privileges cannot be shared or transferred with others.

Grandparent Membership ($159.95)

Join (or renew) now for $159.95 for access to:

  • Free year-round admission for two named adults and children in household
  • $2 off admission for accompanying guests each visit
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Discovery Store
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Bean Sprouts Café
  • Exclusive access to the museum every Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. (Starting September 23, 2017)
  • A $25 credit towards a BADM birthday party!
  • Free or discounted admission to 300+ children’s museums and science centers nationwide
  • Free members-only programs and events
  • Subscription to quarterly newsletter

Join/Renew Now
General admission not valid for Goblin Jamboree. Membership privileges cannot be shared or transferred with others.

A 20% discount is available for teachers and corporate partner employees for Grandparent Membership.

Supporting Family Membership ($259.95)

Join (or renew) now for $259.95 for access to:

  • Free year-round admission for two named adults and children in household
  • $2 off admission for accompanying guests each visit
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Discovery Store
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Bean Sprouts Café
  • Exclusive access to the museum every Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. (Starting September 23, 2017)
  • A $25 credit towards a BADM birthday party!
  • Free or discounted admission to 300+ children’s museums and science centers nationwide
  • Free members-only programs and events
  • Free admission for two accompanying guests each visit
  • Invitations to exclusive VIP exhibition opening parties
  • Priority registration for summer Discovery Camps
  • Subscription to quarterly newsletter

Join/Renew Now
General admission not valid for Goblin Jamboree. Membership privileges cannot be shared or transferred with others.

A 20% discount is available for teachers and corporate partner employees for Supporting Family Membership.

Grandparent Circle Membership ($1000+)

Grandparent Circle Membership starts at $1000 and is designed to give grandparents special opportunities to spend time with their grandchildren at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Grandparent Circle Membership supports the strength and vitality of BADM’s hands-on exhibits and community outreach programs like Connections.

Grandparent Circle Membership includes:

  • Free year-round admission for two named adults and children in household
  • $2 off admission for accompanying guests each visit
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Discovery Store
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Bean Sprouts Café
  • Exclusive access to the museum every Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. (Starting September 23, 2017)
  • A $25 credit towards a BADM birthday party!
  • Free or discounted admission to 300+ children’s museums and science centers nationwide
  • Free members-only programs and events
  • Free admission for two accompanying guests each visit
  • Invitations to exclusive VIP exhibition opening parties
  • Invitations to Grandparent Circle Member-only events
  • Priority registration for summer Discovery Camps
  • 10 free admission tickets (admitting 50 people total), which can be donated in your name to a school or community organization of your choice
  • Recognition as a Grandparent Circle Donor Member on BADM’s annual donor wall and annual report
  • Subscription to quarterly newsletter

Join/Renew at $1,000
Join/Renew at Another Amount
General admission not valid for Goblin Jamboree. Membership privileges cannot be shared or transferred with others.

Discovery Circle Membership ($1,000+)

Discovery Circle Membership starts at $1,000 and is designed for families who want to enjoy exclusive museum events, while supporting BADM’s access programs for underserved families. Benefits include:

  • Free year-round admission for two named adults and children in household
  • Invitations to Donor Circle Member-only events like our annual Gingerbread Extravaganza and VIP exhibition opening parties
  • Priority registration to the museum’s popular Discovery Camps
  • 10 free admission tickets (admitting 50 people total) donated in your name to a school or community organization of your choice
  • $2 off admission for accompanying guests each visit
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Discovery Store
  • A 10% discount off purchases in Bean Sprouts Café
  • Exclusive access to the museum every Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. (Starting September 23, 2017)
  • A $25 credit towards a BADM birthday party!
  • Free or discounted admission to 300+ children’s museums and science centers nationwide
  • Free members-only programs and events
  • Free admission for two accompanying guests each visit
  • Subscription to quarterly newsletter

Join/Renew at $1,000
Join/Renew at $2,500
Join/Renew at Another Amount

General admission not valid for Goblin Jamboree. Membership privileges cannot be shared or transferred with others.

Creativity Circle Membership ($5,000+)

 

Creativity Circle Membership starts at $5,000 and is designed for donors who are interested in learning about the latest research on childhood development, education, and creativity from experts in the field.

Creativity Circle Members enjoy all Discovery Circle Member benefits and:

  • Invitations to events featuring distinguished speakers who are experts on parenting, education, early childhood development, and neuroscience
  • Priority registration for your child’s classroom to reserve a field trip visit through BADM’s popular school visits program

Join/Renew at $5,000
Join/Renew at $10,000
Join/Renew at Another Amount

 

General admission not valid for Goblin Jamboree. Membership privileges cannot be shared or transferred with others.

Gift Membership

Give the gift of a Bay Area Discovery Museum one-year membership to your friends and family! If you buy it online, the membership will be activated on the day of your purchase. Make sure you select ‘This membership is a gift’ in the online checkout. Two membership cards will be issued and you can decide during the online transaction whether they’re mailed to you to give or directly to the recipient.

If you prefer the gift membership not be activated on the date of your purchase, please call (415) 339-3954 and we can prepare a gift certificate that can be mailed either to you or directly to the recipient. The gift certificate essentially serves as a voucher that the recipient can redeem whenever they’d like at the Museum’s front desk.

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Teacher Membership

The Bay Area Discovery Museum loves educators! To show our appreciation, we offer teachers a 20% discount on Family Membership, Grandparent Membership, and Supporting Family Membership.

To receive the discount, please show your current work ID badge or business card to the front desk before purchasing a membership.

Membership for Corporate Partner Employees

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is lucky to have wonderful corporate partners! Employees of our participating corporate partners receive a 20% discount on Family Membership, Grandparent Membership, and Supporting Family Membership.

To receive the discount, please show your current work ID badge or business card to the front desk before purchasing a membership.

Membership FAQ

If I pay for admission to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, can I apply the cost of admission towards a membership?

Yes, as long as you save your admission receipt and give it to the front desk staff member when you want to join. They will look up your order number and apply the cost of your household’s admission towards your membership. Any admission you paid for friends and relatives outside the household will not be applied towards your membership.

How many people, and who can receive free admission using my membership?

All memberships are designed for your household, which is defined as “up to two adults and all of your children.” Friends living in two different households are not permitted to share a membership.

For your convenience, the museum allows you to add your caregiver/ nanny to the membership so they can bring your children to the museum in your absence. Simply give your caregiver one of your membership cards to scan in at the front desk.

Family Memberships and Grandparent Memberships do not allow free admission for guests (adults and children who are not in your household). If you would like to bring guests you can join or upgrade your membership to the Supporting Family Membership level, which allows you to bring up to two extra guests to the museum for free.

Where do members check-in?

All members must check-in at the museum front desk before entering the museum. Present your membership card along with your photo ID each time you visit for quicker entry.

Can I visit other museums for free with my membership?

Members at all levels receive discounted admission to more than 180 children’s museums nationwide through the Association of Children’s Museums, as well as free admission to 300 global science centers through the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

For the Association of Children’s Museums discount, show your card at any participating children’s museum to receive 50-percent off general admission for up to six guests. For the most current list of participating museums, visit the Association of Children’s Museums website.

For the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) benefit, members receive free general admission to institutions located outside of a 90-mile radius of their residence. Next time you travel outside of the Bay Area, use your ASTC Passport Program benefits. For the most current list of participating institutions, visit the Association of Science-Technology Centers website.

What happens if I lose my membership card or forget to bring it?

Replacement membership cards can be purchased for $5. You can enter the museum without your membership card by presenting a photo ID to a front desk staff member when you arrive.

Is my membership tax deductible?

A portion of your membership may be tax deductible as allowable by law. Please consult your professional tax advisor for advice on individual deductions.

What is the museum’s tax ID?

The EIN for the Bay Area Discovery Museum is 68-0033227.