Plan Your Visit
During your visit to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, you and your child will have endless opportunities for fun, creative learning, and exploration, all backed by the latest early learning research. All Bay Area Discovery Museum experiences are designed for open-ended exploration and are a chance for you and your child to discover new interests together. Throughout the Museum, children ages 0 – 8 will find a variety of developmentally appropriate spaces that encourage learning and play.
Wednesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.
Closed Monday – Tuesday
The museum will close early at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, for staff training.
What to Expect
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
After walking through the gates to Bay Area Discovery Museum’s campus, our admissions staff will greet you and 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.
All bathrooms are equipped with changing tables.
Bean Sprouts Café open daily 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday - Friday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday - Sunday. 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 at designated eating areas located throughout the museum.
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 Bay Area Discovery Museum is just as much fun in the rain as in the sun! On rainy days, dress in your rain gear to splash in puddles or whip up a pie in Mud Kitchen. Indoor exhibits are also open for rainy day fun.
Access and Outreach
At Bay Area Discovery Museum, 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 Bay Area Discovery Museum for $1 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Card.
Free Days: Bay Area Discovery Museum offers free admission to Bay Area residents on the first Wednesday of every other month.
Open Door Policy: Bay Area Discovery Museum 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: Bay Area Discovery Museum’s School and Community Programs team identifies opportunities to bring the Bay Area Discovery Museum experience to students throughout the Bay Area, with on-site visits, library programs, and more.
Purchasing a Bay Area Discovery Museum 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 Bay Area Discovery Museum membership levels and benefits, please visit our membership page.
Birthday Parties and Events
We are excited to welcome families back for birthday parties and rentals in 2023! We are currently reimagining our offerings to ensure the most memorable experiences for your favorite young ones. We hope to open bookings in late 2022 for events in early 2023. If you are interested in having an event, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. When bookings open, we will let you know via email.
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