Hours & Admission - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Hours & Admission

Enter a world of creativity and learning at the Bay Area Discovery Museum with a ticket purchase, which includes access to our interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs.


General Admission
Summer Hours:

Sunday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed July 4

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.


The Bay Area Discovery Museum is closed Mondays unless noted.

BADM is closed on Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and for annual maintenance two weeks in September.

General Admission

General Admission tickets include access to all indoor and outdoor exhibits, plus a wide range of daily drop-in programs.

$1 – For EBT Cardholders ($1 per family member of the household)

$13.95 – Baby (ages 6-11 months)

$14.95 – Child (ages 1-17)

$14.95 – Adult (ages 18-64)

$13.95 – Senior (ages 65+)

Become a member and visit as often as you like throughout the year, while enjoying a number of additional membership benefits. If you visit three or more times this year, a membership pays for itself! You can also apply the cost of your admission toward a membership on the day you visit!

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$1 Admission for EBT Cardholders

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 participating museums.

Museums for All

Group Visits

School Group Visits

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.

Reservations must be made in advance to receive the discounted group rate. Unregistered groups will be charged the regular admission rate. We reserve the right to turn away groups who do not have reservations in order to maintain an appropriate museum capacity. Museum memberships, passes, coupons, Groupons or other discounts are not valid payment for group visits.

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.

Visit for Free

Free First Wednesday

Admission is free to the general public on the first Wednesday of each month.

Use Membership Cards from Libraries

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!

Active Military Discount

We offer free admission to one child and one adult with an active military ID.

Partner Membership Discount

Please show proof of membership at the front desk upon entry for the following discounts:

Our 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.