The Bay Area Discovery Museum, located in a scenic setting with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, is one of my favorite places to visit, with or without kids. This nationally recognized children’s museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor family attraction with a full range of fun activities and unique events for children ages 6 months to 8 years old.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum runs occasional ticket deals like the ones below. So if you know you’re looking for a fun family outing in Sausalito, grab tickets now. The museum also offers free admission on the first Wednesday of every month. The free days can get crowded, so go early for the best experience. See the current options below, including several ways to save on tickets and best/worst times to go.
- Adult: $13.95
- Seniors 64+: $12.95
- Babies: 6 months – 1 year $12.95; (under 6 months) Free
DEAL 1: Bay Area Discovery Museum — These are “any day” tickets available via our travel partner aRes, download & go. (Fees are $2.)
- Adult: $9.50 (reg. $13.95)
- Senior age 62+: $8 (reg. $12.95)
- Child 1-17 years old: $12.95-$13.95)
DEAL 2: Bay Area Discovery Museum Discount Tickets 46% Off — Via one of the big daily deal companies (so read the fine print). Use any day, but the discount value expires 120 days after purchase. Options …
- $15 museum admission for two (reg. $24)
- $30 museum admission for four (reg. $48)
- $45 museum admission for six (reg. $72)
DEAL 3: Go San Francisco & Go Select San Francisco Card: Better than they used to be, these city discount cards provide admission to many popular SF Bay Area attractions for one low price — including Bay Area Discovery Museum. You could save up to 55% off. The Go Select version is a custom card (and this Editor’s Pick) that lets you choose as few as two activities/attractions and you still save around 20% on both. You can show on your smart phone or print and go.
FREE DAYS: Bay Area Discovery Museum Free days are the first Wednesday of each month, from 9am – 4pm.
COUPONS: Currently not available, but check this spot soon for updates.
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE:
- Join the museum’s email list and get a coupon for $1 off your visit, up to 5 people.
- Get $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people if you’re a member of the Automobile Association of America (AAA); California Alumni Association (CAA); or KQED.
- Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) offers free reciprocal admission to members of other children’s museums, depending on your membership level. Check your membership card for the ACM sticker. Locally, reciprocal members of Habitot and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose receive passes good for two free visits, then $4 admission per person.
- Reduced rates for certain groups — Schools and organizations that reach under-served children and families might want to inquire about special admission rates.
WHERE: Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965.
WHEN: Open hours vary throughout the year. Closed most Mondays and holidays.
SAVVY TIPS: To make your experience even savvier …
- Parking: Free parking is available in lots next to the Museum. If the main parking lot is full, try The National Park Service parking lot next to the the main entrance. You may also park along the waterfront by the Coast Guard station, or in dirt lots on East Road.
- Getting There: If you’re taking the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito, the museum suggests taking a cab from the hotel across the street from the ferry landing. The route is only about 2 miles, but walking isn’t recommended on the narrow streets. No buses go directly to the museum.
- Strollers — Strollers aren’t allowed in some exhibit halls (the smaller historic buildings), but you can park strollers anywhere on site.
- Dining — Check out the Bean Sprouts Café onsite, or bring a lunch to eat at the picnic tables by Lookout Cove. (No food or drinks allowed inside the exhibition halls.)
- Best Time To Go — Afternoons or days early in the week tend to be the least crowded. If you’re planning on visiting between October and May late morning (10am to noon), call and ask the museum if they’re expecting school groups. They often have groups of 80 or more visiting during these times.