How Things Work – Bay Area Discovery Museum

How Things Work

How Things Work is Open

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, children ages 0-10 will find a variety of developmentally appropriate spaces that encourage learning and play.

What makes a car move? Where does the water go when a toilet flushes? How Things Work answers these questions and more by revealing new and unique views of ordinary objects. Learn more about How Things Work.

Regular Hours

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

Discover All Exhibits

How Things Work is just the beginning! Our exhibits are research-backed and provide STEM-focused, inquiry-driven experiences that help children develop creativity and creative problem-solving skills. Discover new adventures with your family.

Explore Daily Programs

As part of our robust learning experiences, BADM offers fun, engaging creative activities so families can explore safely together. Daily programs are free with museum admission.

Discover All Exhibits

How Things Work is just the beginning! Our exhibits are research-backed and provide STEM-focused, inquiry-driven experiences that help children develop creativity and creative problem-solving skills. Discover new adventures with your family.

Explore Daily Programs

As part of our robust learning experiences, BADM offers fun, engaging creative activities so families can explore safely together. Daily programs are free with museum admission.

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

"BADM staff is doing an AWESOME job! My daughter just turned 6 and she misses this place so much!" (Google Review)

"This is our favorite place to play, learn and explore. Extremely grateful they have reopened the outdoor play area and added more fun and creative activities for the kiddos. I highly recommend getting a membership. There’s so much to do, my kids never get bored." (Facebook Review)

"A lot of thought and work clearly went into the reopening. We appreciate the museum keeping
visitors safe!"
(Onsite Comment)

What to Expect

What to Expect

We've been hard at work developing fun and safe experiences for your family. Learn about what to expect ahead of your visit.

We've been hard at work developing fun and safe experiences for your family. Learn about what to expect ahead of your visit.

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Face Coverings are optional outside for all visitors. Indoors, all visitors 2 years and older are required to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status. Face Shields are not an acceptable face covering (for children or adults).
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Advance ticket reservations are required for entry. Tickets are free for members. Reserve Tickets

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