Policies – Bay Area Discovery Museum


The Bay Area Discovery Museum is committed to providing a safe and inviting environment to all. BADM is still requiring face coverings in both indoor and outdoor spaces due to the large number of children on site who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

See our accessibility page for more information on accessing the museum and museum offerings.

Please refer to the following policies before your visit.

COVID-19 BADM Site Policies
  1. Prior to entering the museum, all visitors must complete a health self-assessment, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Visitors will be asked if they have completed the assessment during check-in. If they have any COVID symptoms, they will not be permitted on-site.
  2. Visitors exhibiting flu-like or respiratory symptoms will be asked to leave and reschedule their visit.
  3. In accordance with state and county health guidelines, all visitors 2 years and older are required to wear a face covering. Face Shields are not an acceptable face coverings (for children or adults). Visitors will not be permitted onsite without a face covering, no exceptions.
  4. Visitors must maintain physical distance by keeping 6 feet of physical distance between their group and other visitors and staff.
  5. Visitors must adhere to capacity limits for exhibit elements and spaces, and comply with social distancing markers posted throughout the museum.
  6. Group size is limited to 6 or fewer. Visitors from the same household do not need to maintain physical distance.

These site policies are in accordance with Marin County Health Guidance and the state of California’s Department of Public Health regulations. Any visitors not in compliance with BADM Site Policies will be asked to leave.

Site Policies
  1. Firearms and weapons of any kind are prohibited at BADM.
  2. Alcohol and illegal substances of any kind are prohibited.
  3. Motor vehicles are not allowed on site during open hours unless operated by BADM staff and accompanied by a Duty Officer.
  4. Profanity and all other aggressive, abusive, and offensive behavior is prohibited on site.  This policy includes everyone: visitors, staff and volunteers.
  5. Corporal punishment of children in any form is not allowed.
  6. Fence jumping/passing children over the fence is prohibited – all visitors must enter and exit the museum at the designated points.
  7. All families and friends visiting the museum are required to have at least one legal adult guardian over the age of 18 in attendance.
  8. BADM is intended for ages 0-10. Legal adults eighteen years of age or older are not permitted entry into the museum alone without accompanying a child.
  9. The legal adult guardian is responsible for the general supervision and oversight of the children throughout the visit.
  10. Minors under the age of 18 may not visit the museum without being accompanied by a legal adult guardian.
  11. Younger children (approx. 6 and under) should be supervised by their legal adult guardian at all times.

Reminders to all visitors:

  • Your entry to BADM constitutes implied consent to be photographed for marketing materials. To opt-out, please see the front desk.
  • Diaper changes should be performed in the restrooms only. Changing tables are available in all restrooms.
  • Smoking is allowed only when outside the perimeter fence.  To smoke, guests should exit the museum through the entry pavilion and out the front gate.
  • Strollers are not allowed in most buildings for safety reasons.  Signs are posted accordingly.
  • Riding bikes, skates, roller blades, scooters, skateboards, roller shoes, etc. is not allowed on site.
  • Only string activated piñatas are allowed on site.
  • Balloons are not allowed on site per National Park Service rules and for environmental hazard reasons.
  • The only animals allowed on site are service animals.  In Fort Baker, it is illegal to leave animals unattended, including in a car or tied up.
  • Guests must wear shoes while on site in most areas. Exceptions to this rule are infants, children in strollers, all visitors inside Tot Spot.
  • Toy weapons are not allowed on site.
  • Visitors should be directed to the Parade Ground if they wish to play with balls or kites.

For questions or concerns about our site policies, please call us at (415) 339-3900 or contact us by email at contact@badm.org.

See also

Museum Hours

Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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