Hours & Admission - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Hours & Admission

Based on the recommendation of the California Department of Public HealthBay Area Discovery Museum is closed through March 31, 2020. Please refer to our COVID-19 FAQs for more information.

Any updates regarding COVID-19 or BADM’s response to the situation will be communicated to all visitors via email, posted on the BADM website, and shared via social media channels.

Bay Area Discovery Museum hours, admission prices, discounts, and more.

Regular Hours (When Open)

Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.* - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Member Hour
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Member Hour is for BADM Members only.
Not a member of BADM? Learn more about membership.

General Admission

General Admission tickets include access to all indoor and outdoor exhibits, plus a wide range of daily drop-in programs.

  • $1 – For EBT Cardholders ($1 per family member of the household)
  • $13.95 – Baby (ages 6-11 months)
  • $15.95 – Child (ages 1-17)
  • $15.95 – Adult (ages 18-64)
  • $13.95 – Senior (ages 65+)

Get $1 Off Online Tickets!
Purchase tickets online to receive $1 off each ticket. Not valid for Goblin Jamboree.

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Closed Days

The museum is closed Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and for 10 days for annual maintenance in September.

The museum is regularly closed Mondays except on school break days and June - August.

$1 Admission for EBT Cardholders

Museums for All
BADM offers $1 admission to EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cardholders and their families ($1 per family member) through the Museums for All program. Present your EBT card to the front desk upon arrival – no prior registration is required.

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Group Visits

School Group Visits: Want to bring your class to BADM? Learn more about school visits here.

Non-School Group Visits: Not a school but visiting the museum with more than 10 kids? Learn more about group visits here.

Adult-to-Child Ratio

For safety reasons, all children must be accompanied by adults at all times, and all adults accompanied by children. To ensure the safety and comfort of all visitors, BADM requires all groups to maintain a minimum supervisory ratio of one adult for every five children at all times. We reserve the right to turn away visitors who do not comply with this 1:5 adult-to-child ratio.

Visit for Free

Free First Wednesday

Free First Wednesday is every other month. Admission is free to Bay Area residents.* There is no Free Day in January or February 2020.

2020 Schedule

  • March 4
  • May 6
  • July 1
  • September 2
  • November 4

*Must show proof of residency (photo ID or piece of mail) in one of the nine Bay Area counties.

Use Membership Cards from Libraries

Many local libraries have Bay Area Discovery Museum Membership Cards that can be checked out and used to visit the museum. Check with your local library!

Blue Star Museum Program

As a participating Blue Star Museum we offer free admission to all US active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. This program begins on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ends on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.

Active Military Discount

We offer free admission to one child and one adult with an active military ID. This discount is offered year-round.

Request a Donation

Are you a school or nonprofit organization hosting a fundraising event?

Request BADM Passes for your next event.

Partner Membership Discount

Please show proof of membership at the front desk upon entry for the following discounts:

Our Open Door Policy

BADM does not turn away visitors due to lack of funds. Families are welcome to visit the museum on a pay-what-you-can basis. To participate, tell the front desk staff that you wish to enter under the open door policy.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land in Sausalito. Featuring seven exhibition spaces and more than six daily drop-in programs for children 6 months of age to 10 years, all of our programs and exhibitions are research-backed.

At BADM, we believe in early learning experiences that inspire and build fundamental creative problem solving skills in children, transforming the way they learn and the way they contribute to the world. Learn more about our STEM-focused, inquiry-driven experiences.

Plan Your Visit

We are located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito.

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