First-Time Visit - Bay Area Discovery Museum

First-Time 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.

Learning Goals

Throughout the museum site, children can engage with our seven learning goals. At BADM, children can:

Be Curious · Come Up with Ideas and Try Them Out · Make Thoughtful Decisions · Communicate Thinking · Take Risks and Persist Through Challenge · Learn to Collaborate · Build STEM Knowledge

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Spaces and Programs Suggested for Babies and Toddlers

Specially designed spaces and programs make BADM the perfect place for young learners to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Tot Spot: In this toddler-only space, little ones (under 42 inches) are encouraged to grow their curiosity through indoor and outdoor play.
Lookout Cove: Interactive structures like a giant spider web and immersive willow sculpture encourage exploration and age-appropriate risk taking.
Bay Hall: Opportunities for imaginary play abound in this space, as children navigate an underwater tunnel, set sail by ship, and become conductors of toy trains.
Art Studios: Little artists of any age get hands-on to create original masterpieces in BADM’s indoor Art Studios.
Toddler Pop-Up Programs: Toddler Pop-Ups are fun activities led by Museum Educators that engage the youngest minds with creative learning!
Imagination Playground: In this outdoor space, children can express their creativity while building with oversized foam blocks, noodles, hinges, balls, and chutes.

Spaces and Activities Suggested for Kids 4+

As children get older, there is no limit to the fun and creative learning they can discover at BADM. Every program, exhibition, and outdoor space is an opportunity to develop STEM skills and explore new ideas.

Fab Lab: In BADM’s early learning Fab Lab, kids use low and high-tech tools to bring new ideas to life and solve creative challenges.
Lookout Cove: Interactive structures like a giant spider web and immersive willow sculpture encourage exploration and age-appropriate risk taking.
Imagination Playground: In this outdoor space, children can express their creativity while building with oversized foam blocks, noodles, hinges, balls, and chutes.
Discovery Hall: Discovery Hall is home to BADM’s traveling exhibitions, which encourage adult and child interaction. Come explore what’s on view!
Art Programs: Stop in the Art Studios for programs that allow kids of all ages to explore new artistic tools and techniques.
STEM Programs: Throughout our site, Museum Educators lead programs that encourage children to think about STEM concepts while trying out new ideas.
Pop-Up Programs: Pop-Ups are a chance for kids to get active! These fun, STEM-based engagements—like a DIY Obstacle Course or Jumbo Chalk drawing—are led by Museum Educators at on-site stations.


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.

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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.


Bathrooms

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.


Text Alerts

To stay up-to-date on the schedule of activities during the day of your visit, please sign up for our text alerts by texting ‘badm’ to 55702 when you arrive at BADM.


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 First Wednesday: BADM offers free admission to all visitors on the first Wednesday of each month.

Family Access Membership: Reduced-cost memberships are available to families who qualify, and offer all the same benefits as a Family Membership. More information about this membership level is available here.

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