Hours & Admission
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a space for imaginations to run wild! Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land in Sausalito, Bay Area Discovery Museum features exhibition spaces and daily programs for children 6 months of age to 8 years.
Tickets are required for admission except for members, guest passes, and discounted tickets.
Wednesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.
Closed Monday – Tuesday
Spring Break Hours:
Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.
- $1 – For EBT Cardholders ($1 per family member of the household)
- $15 – Baby (ages 6-11 months)
- $19 – Child (ages 1-17)
- $19 – Adult (ages 18-64)
- $17 – Senior (ages 65+)
Admission includes full access to the museum and museum events.*
*General admission tickets are not valid for Family Fundraisers, such as Goblin Jamboree.
Children must be accompanied by adults at all times with a minimum supervisory ratio of one adult for every five children.
To use Guest Passes or gain admission through our Access Programs, including Museums for All (EBT), admission passes or other discounts, simply visit the museum and present your card or pass.
Ticket reservations for these passes cannot be made in advance. Please note, Member Hour occurs between 9 – 10 a.m., and Bay Area Discovery Museum opens to the general public at 10 a.m. If it's your first time, please register for our website for a more efficient check-in process.
Museums for All - $1 Admission
Bay Area Discovery Museum offers $1 admission to EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cardholders and their families ($1 per family member) through the Museums for All program.
Free First Wednesday
Admission is free to Bay Area residents* the first Wednesday of every other month.
Our next Free Day for Bay Area Residents is on May 3. Advanced reservations are not required, and a suggested $20 donation per group is appreciated.
*Must show proof of residency (photo ID or piece of mail) in one of the nine Bay Area counties.
Check Out a Museum Membership From Your Library
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!
Open Door Policy
Bay Area Discovery Museum 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.
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 28, 2022, Memorial Day Weekend, and ends on Monday, September 5, 2022, 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.
Partner and Reciprocal Discounts
Please show proof of membership at the front desk upon entry for the following discounts:
- Automobile Association of America (AAA): $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people
- Association of Children’s Museums (ACM): Members of other children’s museums may be available depending on your membership level. Check your membership card for the ACM sticker. Valid members receive 50 percent off general admission to Bay Area Discovery Museum.
- Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC): The ASTC Passport Program gives members free general admission to more than 300 institutions located outside a 90-mile radius of your residence. Check your membership card for the ASTC logo.
- California Alumni Association (CAA): $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people
- KQED: $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people
- UCSF: $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people
Field Trips: Want to bring your class to Bay Area Discovery Museum? 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.
Birthday Parties and Events
We are excited to welcome families back for birthday parties and rentals in 2023! For Birthday Party bookings and more information, you can visit our Birthday Party Page.
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, Bay Area Discovery Museum 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.
Request a Donation
Are you a school or nonprofit organization hosting a fundraising event?
Request Bay Area Discovery Museum Passes for your next event.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land in Sausalito and features seven exhibits for children 6 months to 8 years old.
At Bay Area Discovery Museum, we create playful learning experiences that inspire a passion for discovery in every child. Learn more about our STEM-focused, inquiry-driven experiences.