First Time Visit – Bay Area Discovery Museum

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. Our daily programs are influenced by the latest early learning research, and are led by our friendly staff of Museum Educators. On-site exhibitions are designed for more 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?

Museum Hours

The museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 situation. Please check back for updates.

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.

For the latest programs, events, and activities, see what's happening This Month at BADM.

Visiting with Babies and Toddlers

From Tot Spot to Toddler Pop-Up Programs, specially designed spaces and programs make BADM the perfect place for young children to have fun and explore new experiences!

Visiting with Children 4+

As children get older, there is no limit to the fun they can discover at BADM. From Lookout Cove to the Fab Lab, in every space there is an opportunity to explore something new!


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 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.

Programs and Exhibits

Each day, BADM Museum Educators lead STEM and Art programs throughout the site, which are influenced by the latest early learning research, and led by our friendly staff of Museum Educators.

Our on-site permanent and traveling exhibitions are designed for more open-ended exploration, and are a chance for you and your child to discover new interests together.


All bathrooms are equipped with changing tables.

Food On-Site

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.

Today at BADM

To stay up-to-date on the schedule of activities during the day of your visit, go to on your mobile device.

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.

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.


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.


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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