First Time Visit – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Plan Your Visit

Welcome to Bay Area Discovery Museum! As you explore campus, let your little ones take the lead. Every exhibit is designed to cultivate curiosity, awaken the imagination and empower growing minds. There's no wrong way to experience the museum, every visit is different and the possibilities are always changing! Discover what's possible when you lead with joy (hint: lots of learning)


See more details for getting ready for your visit below.


Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions!

Regular Hours

Wednesday - Monday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.
Closed: Tuesday

The Museum will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 for Juneteenth.

View all of our upcoming special dates and times here.


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.

Food On-Site

Bean Sprouts Café is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.. 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.

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 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 $2 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.

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: Bay Area Discovery Museum does not turn away visitors due to financial constraints. Families are welcome to visit the museum by donating any amount. To participate, tell the front desk staff that you wish to make a donation to the museum.

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

Make your little one's birthday one to remember and celebrate under the Golden Gate Bridge. For Birthday Party bookings and more information, you can visit our Birthday Party 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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