Hours & Admission – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Hours & Admission

Reserve Tickets

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.

Regular Hours

Wednesday - Monday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.
Closed Tuesday

Upcoming Special Dates and Times:

Wednesday, June 19 (Closed for Juneteenth)
Saturday, June 22 (Closing at 3:30 p.m. for private visit)
Wednesday, July 3 (Free Day)
Thursday, July 4 (Closed for Independence Day)

View all of our upcoming special dates and times here.

General Admission

  • $2 – For EBT Cardholders ($2 per family member of the household, 6 ticket limit per card)
  • $15 – Baby (ages 6-11 months)
  • $20 – Child (ages 1-17)
  • $20 – Adult (ages 18-64)
  • $18 – 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.

Admission Programs

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 - $2 Admission

Bay Area Discovery Museum offers $2 admission to EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cardholders and their families ($2 per family member, 6 ticket limit per card) through the Museums for All program.

Find other museums participating in Museum for All.

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Free First Wednesday

Admission is free to Bay Area residents* the first Wednesday of every other month.

The next Free Day is rescheduled for Wednesday, July 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 any visitors due to lack of funds. Families are welcome to visit the museum and make a donation of any amount to visit the museum. To participate, tell the front desk staff that you wish to make a donation to the museum.

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 27, 2023, Memorial Day Weekend, and ends on Monday, September 4, 2023, Labor Day.

https://bluestarfam.org/family-life/blue-star-museums/

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 receive a discount depending on your membership level. Check your membership card for the ACM sticker or logo. Valid members receive 50 percent off general admission to Bay Area Discovery Museum for up to two adults and four children in the household.
  • 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 and home museum. Check your membership card for the ASTC logo. Valid members receive free general admission to Bay Area Discovery Museum for one adult and one child.
  • California Alumni Association (CAA): $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people
  • UCSF: $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people

Group Visits

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

For Birthday Party bookings and more information, you can visit our Birthday Party Page. 

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, 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.

About Us

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.

Regular Hours

Wednesday - Monday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.
Closed: Tuesday

The Museum will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 for Juneteenth.

View all of our upcoming special dates and times here.

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