First Time Visit – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Plan Your Visit

During your visit to the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM), you and your child will have endless opportunities for fun, creative learning, and exploration, all backed by the latest early learning research. All BADM experiences are designed for open-ended exploration and are a chance for you and your child to discover new interests together. Throughout the museum’s 7.5 acres, children ages 0-10 will find a variety of developmentally-appropriate spaces that encourage learning and play.

What can your family discover at BADM?

Regular Hours

Wednesday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Monday - Tuesday

What to Expect

Frequently Asked Questions

Parking

Parking at the Bay Area Discovery Museum is always free for all visitors. When you arrive, you’ll find parking in one of the paved or gravel lots in front of the museum.


Admission/Entrance

After walking through the gates to BADM’s campus, head inside the entry pavilion. There, front desk staff will help you with your admission and answer any questions you may have, before you head off to explore the rest of the museum. You can visit our Hours & Admission pages for more details.


Bathrooms

All bathrooms are equipped with changing tables.


Food On-Site

Bean Sprouts is currently closed. When open, visitors are welcome to purchase food at our on-site café, Bean Sprouts, or to bring their own food with them when they visit. All food, whether purchased on-site or brought from home, must be enjoyed inside Bean Sprouts Café or at the picnic benches and tables located throughout the museum.


Stroller Policy

Strollers are not allowed inside buildings for safety reasons. Designated stroller parking areas are indicated by signs on-site.


Visiting in All Weather

A visit to BADM is just as much fun in the rain as in the sun! On rainy days, our indoor activities and exhibition spaces provide visitors with plenty to do, and umbrellas are available for your use to keep you dry as you walk from space to space.


Access and Outreach

At BADM, part of our responsibility as a nonprofit is to ensure that we are serving a diverse community of children and their families. We do this through a variety of different access initiatives and outreach programs.

Museums for All: Museums for All enables low-income families to visit BADM for $1 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Card.

Free Days: BADM offers free admission to Bay Area residents on the first Wednesday of every other month.

Family Access Membership: Reduced-cost memberships are available to families who qualify, and offer all the same benefits as a Family Membership. Learn more about this membership program.

Open Door Policy: BADM does not turn away visitors due to financial constraints. 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.

School and Community Programs: BADM’s School and Community Programs team identifies opportunities to bring the BADM experience to students throughout the Bay Area, with on-site visits, library programs, and more.


Membership

Purchasing a BADM membership is the best way to take advantage of the endless opportunities you have to encourage your child’s natural curiosity while on-site. For more information on BADM membership levels and benefits, please visit our membership page.


Directions

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is located in Fort Baker, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you use Google Maps to find us, you will get the best directions when you enter “Bay Area Discovery Museum,” and not our mailing address, into the search field. For more detailed information on getting here, please visit our directions page.

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965

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