Hours & Admission

Hours & Admission

Enter a world of creativity and learning at the Bay Area Discovery Museum with a ticket purchase, which includes access to our interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs.


Monday: Open on select Mondays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


BADM is closed on Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and for annual maintenance in September.

General Admission

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

$12.95 – Baby (ages 6-11 months)

$13.95 – Child (ages 1-17)

$13.95 – Adult (ages 18-64)

$12.95 – Senior (ages 65+)

Become a member and visit as often as you like throughout the year, while enjoying a number of additional membership benefits. If you visit three or more times this year, a membership pays for itself! You can also apply the cost of your admission toward a membership on the day you visit!

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Group Visits

Visiting the museum with more than 10 kids? Make a group reservation for a school visit through our online reservation form, and save! Reservations must be made one month in advance. Museum memberships, passes, coupons, Groupons or other discounts are not valid payment for group visits. Advance registration is required to receive the discounted group rate. Unregistered groups will be charged the regular admission rate. We reserve the right to turn away groups who do not have reservations in order to maintain an appropriate museum capacity. Learn more about school 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

Admission is free to the general public on the first Wednesday of each month. Free First Wednesday is sponsored by ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan. (Note: Due to capacity issues, group visits of 10 or more are not available.)
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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!

Active Military Discount

We offer free admission to one child and one adult with an active military ID.

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.