Bay Area Discovery Museum Sausalito
Where are we going today?
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor facility at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, so if you only go for the view you will have a great time!
This fun children's museum is the ONLY museum in the USA to be located in a national park - even more reason to visit! The exhibits within the Bay Area Discovery Museum are ALL about the kids, and each one is designed to give them hands-on learning experiences, to develop their senses, allow them to be curious, to discover, and make new friends!
Suited for kids as young as 6 months, and up to 10 years, they have emphasis on creativity through play, on topics ranging from science, the arts, environment, and just having fun!
Those toddlers in the family can enjoy their own play area in Tot Spot - a multi-sensory experience perfect for the younger family members. Here they can have kiddie sized fun with others their own age, and really helping them in their young years!
Don't miss The Fab Lab for those kids who love to see how things workd, with digital fabrication technology such as 3D printing, and even laser cutters and vinyl cutters!
Kids can navigate wind tunnels, feel the rush of cold-water tide pools, transform into a spider, build a bridge, and SO much more!
If they love the outdoors, there is plenty for them to enjoy the sun, including a 2.5 acre interactive outdoor exploration area, and an Imagination Playground!
The Bay Area Discovery Museum also has special events throughout the year, so make sure you check them out and get them in your diary!
It's time to get exploring!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 6 months.
When can we go?
9am - 4pm Tues - Fri / 9am - 5pm weekends
Closed Mondays, Easter, Memorial Day July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas & Jan 1
The Bean Sprout Cafe is full of great healthy lunch and snack options - even for those fussy eaters!.
The whole cafe is great for healthy food so there are plenty of options!.
Any Top Tips?
Every first Wednesday of the month the museum is FREE to the public!.
Doing our bit
Families struggling and on a budget won't be turned away. They can operate a "pay what you can" policy.
Need a little extra help?
The museum accommodates everyone!.
Can I get one of those?
Bring that pocket money, because the toy store is filled with high-quality wooden toys, games, art supplies, Thomas the Train, Plan Toys, Brio, and more!.
You can have your birthday party at the museum, so why not check out the party packages and celebrate!.
What people are saying?
by Alicia Nysse
This is a really great place to take young kids. There is so much to do. I like that it offers both inside and outside activities, especially with the unpredictable weather in the Bay Area. I love the water feature outside with the pretend fish. The little girl I nanny loves to put the aprons on and she could play in the water all day. Their cafe is nice but really expensive. I like that they offer healthy choices but next time I will bring our own food.
by Isaac Mao
it's only suitable for toddler and younger kids, not good on real discovery for teens. In that sense, I recommend Exploratorium more.
by Tracey Carroll
The review is an overall rating for our experience. The museum itself is actually pretty fun for kids. It's housed in different buildings and much of it is outside with a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD. I can't emphasize this enough. Don't be fooled by the organic café that's there. It's terrible. Really awful. DO NOT PLAN TO EAT AT THE BEAN SPROUTS CAFE. We waited for at least 30 minutes to order our food in a line that had only about 5 people in front of us. By the time we ordered, they were out of half...Read More
by Julio Gomez
Great time, recommend for tots!
by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Great views of sf and Golden gate. Well thought kids play areas. My 5 and 2 year olds had a blast. Despite being much smaller than San Jose location, we did not manage to see everything in 4 hours. Will go back.
by Tracey Carroll
The review is an overall rating for our experience. The museum itself is actually pretty fun for kids. It's housed in different buildings and much of it is outside with a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD. I can't emphasize this enough. Don't be fooled by the organic café that's there. It's terrible. Really awful. DO NOT PLAN TO EAT AT THE BEAN SPROUTS CAFE. We waited for at least 30 minutes to order our food in a line that had only about 5 people in front of us. By the time we ordered, they were out of half of the menu. Their menu isn't really that big. The creative dishes that they advertise are all cute and kid-friendly, but they didn't have half of the things they advertised. Then....THEN after we ordered our over-priced organic food, we had to wait in the OTHER line. For AN HOUR to get our food. Yes, we could've left the museum, gone to a sit-down restaurant, ordered and eaten and returned to the museum quicker than it was to eat at the museum. AN HOUR after ordering, I sat there with my 3 hungry, cranky kids who patiently waited for their food. AN HOUR. The café was horribly under-staffed (there were 2 people preparing food, 1 person taking orders) This was 12:00 noon. On a Monday (holiday). RIDICULOUS. Not done complaining yet. When I finally got my food...it wasn't what I ordered! They RAN OUT OF the waffle batter they use to make most of their kid-foods. So, my kids who anticipated their grilled cheese on waffles, shaped like butterflies got plain grilled cheese on plain bread. I paid $6 for this. Each. 3 of them. THEN my sandwich...the adult one was served on the SAME KID BREAD. It was at least HALF the size that it was advertised to be. (My friend got the exact same sandwich that I ordered. Hers was on "big person" bread. It looked delicious. She was 1 person ahead of me in line and got her food 10 minutes before I did. Apparently because they RAN OUT OF EVERYTHING in between her order and mine.) I paid $8 for a kid-sized veggie sandwich with 3 mini carrot sticks. THREE. And I paid $2 for iced tea. Know what I got? Luke-warm tea without any ice cubes. That place is an absolute JOKE and I will copy/paste this review every place I get. DO NOT EAT AT THE BEAN SPROUTS CAFE. You've been warned.