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.

The Barret Family
The Benioff Family
Tina and Joe Bou-Saba
Sapna and Brandon Boze
Chantal and Robert Byrne
Lesley and Pablo Cagnoni
California Cultural and Historical Endowment

Carrie and Mark Casey
Cello & Maudru Construction Company
The Hinze Chow Family
Pia DeLeon and William Chuang
Holly Tate and Scott Clark
John Dains
Lauren and Matt Dillard
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
Hellman Foundation
The Hyde-Schrumpf Family
William G. Irwin Charity Foundation
Koret Foundation
The Levchin Family
The L'Heureux Family
A.R.A. Lin
The Ma Family
The McCarthy Family

Betsy and Ed McDermott
The McGuire Family
Emily and Michael McKinnon
Vijay and Audrey Mohan
Anna and Mason Morfit
Susan and Bill Oberndorf
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Elizabeth R. and William J. Patterson Foundation
Aey Phanachet and Roger Evans
Katie and James Rothschild
Judy and Ken Siebel
Rynn Pressick and Christian Sowul
Diana and Steven Strandberg

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

The Abdey Family
The Yat-Pang and Helina CMB Au Family
The Beacock Family
John and Gretchen Berggruen
The Brinckerhoff Family
The Bush Family
The DeVreker Family
Hugo & Julian
The Coates Family
The Colgan Family
The Collins Family
Cathy and Sandy Dean
Emily P. Johnson and Brad DeFoor

The Dewar Family
The Wilsey Family
The DiLullo Family
Patricia Dinner
Samantha and Rameez Dossa
Nicole Elliott-Karvosky and Mark Karvosky
The Eustice Family
The Flynn Family
Lauren and Jamie Ford
The Forster Family
The Fox Family
The Chaudhry Family
Diane and Charles Frankel
The Fraser Family
The Galleno Family
Cigdem Gencer
The Goodson Klein Family
Michael & Kirsten Green
The Kellogg Family
The Harden Family
Herbst Foundation
The Hoeft Family

The Homan Family
The Hoybach Family
Leslie and George Hume
The Jain Family
Hadley Mullin and Dan Kalafatas
The Kaltenbach Family
The Keisman Family
Erin and Jeff Lager
The Lowry Family
The Marantz Family
The Marston Family
Leigh and Bill Matthes
Maverick Capital Charities
Amy & Drew McKnight
The Miller-Coblentz Family
The Mobley Family
The Moment Family
Amanda and Peter Mortimer
Laura and Mark Nichol
Anna Nordberg and Brant Thompson
The Oswald Family
Katie and Matt Paige

Scott Pearson and Diana Farrell
The Peterson Family
The Pommeraud Family
The Read Family
The Riesenfeld Family
The Rockefeller Family
The Rodger Family Charitable Fund
The Saben Family
Michael and Susan Schwartz Fund
Matthew and Theresa Seiter
The Smart Family Fund
The Stafford Family
Rachel Templeton and Jamie Freundlich
Anita Demas and Robert Thompson
The Millikin Family
Lacey and Jay Traeger
The Vause Family
The Vix Family
Leigha and Eli Weinberg
The Whiting Family
Lisa and Ted Williams
Adrianne Yamaki and Richard Sanders

Thank you to all of our generous donors!

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