Fab Lab - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Fab Lab

The World’s First Early Learning Fab Lab

Fab Labs are maker spaces with digital fabrication technology such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters. Our Fab Lab is the world’s first for early learning, enabling children to intentionally build science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills through hands-on learning. Exhibit entry is free for members and included in the price of museum admission.

Coming Soon: Try It Studio and How Things Work

The Fab Lab will be closed to the public beginning January 6.

Renovations will begin soon on the building that currently houses the Fab Lab to get ready for our new How Things Work exhibit!

Why is the Fab Lab closing?

Since opening the Fab Lab in 2016, BADM has learned an incredible amount about how our Fab Lab can introduce fun, interactive activities to children and families. With this in mind, the new home for hands-on engineering will be our upcoming Try It Studio. The Try It Studio’s new exhibit will feature a design challenge area where children will use BADM’s engineering design process Think, Make, Try® to solve unique challenges. Renovations of an unoccupied building on Satterlee Way are now underway to house the Try It Studio!

What’s in the Fab Lab?

Fab Lab A: Move to the groove in our Dance Studio! Rigamajig has been moved outside to Festival Plaza.
Fab Lab B: Join us for a hands-on program led by our Museum Educators. See below for times and programs.
Fab Lab C: Create tall buildings, bridges, entire cities, and more using KEVA Planks, stackable wooden planks.

Fab Lab B Open Weekends

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open Studio Hours are subject to change. See our daily calendar and check the Upcoming Closed Hours below

This Month's Program: 

STEM Program: City of Angles
Add laser cut pieces to a collaborative city, and explore how math and spatial reasoning skills play a role in architecture and design.

Coming December 21:

STEM Program: Sled Design
Children can build, test, and repair custom sleds to help our penguin friends get down the mountain safely!

Fab Lab B STEM programs are designed for children ages 4 and up.

Plan Your Visit

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

Museum Hours

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: Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Fab Lab Study - West Ed

Thank you to our generous Fab Lab supporters


Anne Kerr & Matthew L’Heureux
The Brooks Foundation
Gwen Hinze & Ernest Chow
William H. Donner Foundation
Victoria & Phil Barret
Zoe & Scott Faber

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