Hours & Admission – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Hours & Admission

Based on the recommendation of the California Department of Public HealthBay Area Discovery Museum is currently closed.

Any updates regarding COVID-19 or BADM’s response to the situation will be communicated to all visitors via email, posted on the BADM website, and shared via social media channels.

Regular Hours (When Open)

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
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Member Hour is for BADM Members only.
Not a member of BADM? Learn more about membership.


General Admission

  • $1 – For EBT Cardholders ($1 per family member of the household)
  • $13.95 – Baby (ages 6-11 months)
  • $15.95 – Child (ages 1-17)
  • $15.95 – Adult (ages 18-64)
  • $13.95 – Senior (ages 65+)

Admission tickets include access to all indoor and outdoor exhibits, museum events*, and all daily drop-in programs.

*Goblin Jamboree, BADM's annual family fundraiser is not included in the price of admission. 

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Admission Programs

Museums for All - $1 Admission

BADM offers $1 admission to EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cardholders and their families ($1 per family member) through the Museums for All program. Present your EBT card to the front desk upon arrival – no prior registration is required.

Find other museums participating in Museum for All.

Free First Wednesday

Admission is free to Bay Area residents* the first Wednesday of every other month. In 2020, Free First Wednesdays are:

  • March 4
  • May 6
  • July 1
  • September 2
  • November 4

*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

BADM 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 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ends on Monday, September 2, 2019, 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:

Group Visits

Field Trips: Want to bring your class to BADM? 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.

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, BADM 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 BADM Passes for your next event.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land in Sausalito. Featuring seven exhibition spaces and more than six daily drop-in programs for children 6 months of age to 10 years, all of our programs and exhibitions are research-backed.

At BADM, we believe in early learning experiences that inspire and build fundamental creative problem solving skills in children, transforming the way they learn and the way they contribute to the world. Learn more about our STEM-focused, inquiry-driven experiences.

Museum Hours

Bay Area Discovery Museum is currently closed. Updates on reopening will be posted on the BADM website, shared on BADM's social media channels, and emailed out.

Regular 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.

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

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