About BOLD - Bay Area Discovery Museum

About BOLD

The Bay Area Discovery Museum has always been guided by bold vision and forward thinking. Through BOLD: Spark Curiosity, Inspire Innovation, we are raising funds to invest in a campus-wide renovation that features five research-backed new exhibits that children and caregivers will be wowed by from the first moment they walk through the door, as well as improved amenities, and a better visitor experience.

Our partner in this work is world-renowned architecture firm Olson Kundig, led by architect Alan Maskin. In collaboration with early learning experts from our in-house research division, the Olson Kundig team has designed an updated BADM campus that will fuse together expertise in architectural design and early STEM learning.

Watch Our Reimagined Campus Come to Life

Features of Our Reimagined Campus
  • A new, bigger Lookout Cove boat
  • The new Try It Studio, which will house a new exhibit and BADM’s high-tech WorkShop
  • A new classroom space for schoolchildren participating in our award-winning STEM programs
  • New Bay-themed and Forest-themed exhibits in our toddler-only space, Tot Spot
  • A new How Things Work exhibit that removes the outer shell of household objects to reveal their inner workings and inspire children’s curiosity
  • Gumnut Grove, a new outdoor exhibit for older children ages 5-10
Creative Learning Through Research-Backed Design

Each of the five new exhibits is research-backed and designed to fully engage children and spark their curiosity through interactive activities that incorporate age-appropriate early learning skills. Children will be able to decide for themselves what’s interesting or exciting, and then seek opportunities for deeper exploration. By investing in these kinds of high-quality early learning experiences for children, we are setting them up for future success.

We know that an understanding of STEM-based concepts begins in infancy, but there is a lack of experiences designed to foster these skills for children 0-10, when brain development is most robust. This campus-wide renovation—in addition to our institutional expertise, history of innovation, and bold vision for the future—will establish BADM’s legacy as a resource for the children, families, and educators of the Bay Area and beyond.

Renderings of our Updated Exhibits

As of February 25

Thank you to our Philanthropy Leadership Circle Donors who have contributed $100,000 or more.

Art4Moore Fund of the Tides Foundation
The Barret Family
The Benioff Family
Tina and Joe Bou-Saba
Sapna and Brandon Boze
Chantal and Robert Byrne

Carrie and Mark Casey
California Cultural and Historical Endowment
John Dains
Hugo and Julian Chang
Pia DeLeon and William Chuang
Dodge & Cox
The Faber Family
Suzanne and Elliott Felson Family
The Fisher Family
The Fiteny Family
The Gruber Family
Cynthia and John Gunn

Catherine and Robert Hale
Lesley Hathaway and Pablo Cagnoni
Hellman Foundation
Gwen Hinze and Ernest Chow
The Hyde-Schrumpf Family
The William G. Irwin Charity Foundation
The L'Heureux Family
The Levchin Family
The McCarthy Family
Betsy and Ed McDermott
The McGuire Family
Michael and Emily McKinnon

Audrey and Vijay Mohan
Anna and Mason Morfit
Susan and Bill Oberndorf
The Elizabeth R. & William J. Patterson Foundation
Aey Phanachet and Roger Evans
Rynn Pressick and Christian Sowul
The Rockefeller Family
Judy and Ken Siebel
Diana and Steven Strandberg
Holly Tate and Scott Clark

Thank you to our donors who have contributed $5,000 - $99,999.

Sabrina Moyle and Julian Abdey
The Yat-Pang and Helina Au CMB Family
Kristin and Craig Beacock
John and Gretchen Berggruen
The Bush Family
The Chaudhry Family

Cathy and Sandy Dean
The DiLullo Family
Patricia Dinner
Lauren and Jamie Ford
Diane and Charles Frankel
The Fraser Family
Cigdem Gencer
Kirsten and Michael Green
Kimberly and Christopher Hansen
Herbst Foundation
The Homan Family
The Hoybach Family
Leslie and George Hume
Emily P. Johnson and Brad DeFoor

J.C. Kellogg Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey
The Lowry Family
Jessica Marantz and Kurt Yip
Maverick Capital Charities
The Mobley Family
The Moment Family
Amanda and Peter Mortimer
Linda Nevin and Eric Keisman
Hadley Mullin and Dan Kalafatas
Eric Keisman
Katie and Matt Paige
Scott Pearson and Diana Farrell
The Peterson Family

Larissa and Jacques Pommeraud
The Read Family
Lillian and Andrew Riesenfeld
Jonathan Saben and Abigail Murphy
Michael and Susan Schwartz Fund
The Smart Family Fund
Stephanie and Jim Stafford
Rachel Templeton and Jamie Freundlich
Leigha and Eli Weinberg
Adrianne Yamaki and Richard Sanders

Thank you to all of our generous donors!

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