Bay Area Discovery Museum

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In a Nutshell

  • Gorgeous bridge views
  • Indoor & outdoor exhibits
  • Encourages children's creativity
  • Art studios & marine exhibits

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Kids, like Ponce De Leon, need constant supervision while exploring or they’ll simply vanish into a jungle in search of eternal youth. Guide your child through an educational wilderness with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two admission tickets to the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito (up to a $20 value).

Tucked at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the indoor-outdoor Bay Area Discovery Museum is the only children's museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park. Youth-centered exhibits focus on developing creativity through play and fostering innovative problem-solving skills in kids 6 months to 8 years old. In the museum's Bay Hall, future marine biologists revel in playful simulations of Oakland and San Francisco's ports, while the outdoor Lookout Cove, sprawled across 2.5 acres, invites kiddies to comb the trails, the fishing boat, and the simulated shipwreck for educational maritime artifacts and the elusive peg-legged seagull. Art studios nurture expressive splotches, and a simulated wave workshop re-creates the habitats underneath the Golden Gate, showcasing how species develop unique traits and fashion statements to adapt to their environment.


Bay Area Discovery Museum earned a perfect three-star rating from Frommer's. They were reviewed by Fodor's, and featured in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's "Best of the Bay 2009" list. lilaguide reviewers and over 110 Yelpers give the museum an average of 4.5 stars.

  • The ultimate indoor-outdoor interactive kids' adventure. – Frommer's
  • Discovery Museum is an absolute treasure trove of indoor and outdoor fun and creativity for the tykes. – San Francisco Bay Guardian

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Nestled in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of national park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum draws children's inquiring minds with a host of open-ended, hands-on exhibits modeled after the surrounding sea and city. By stimulating creative skills starting at an early age, the museum helps change the way the next generation learns and may contribute to the world. All activities and risk-friendly challenges are centered around fostering creativity as well as critical thinking and practical STEM skills.

Customer Reviews

Loved the setting and the variety of wonderful activities. My two year old grand daughter so enjoyed herself
Lela D. · 6 days ago
My kids absolutely love this place!
Maria B. · May 21, 2017
I have a 11 y/o, a 6 y/o, and an 18 month old. They all loved it!! We spent about 3 hours there, packed a lunch, its was a great day.
Candice C. · May 9, 2017
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    Southwest Marin

    557 McReynolds Rd.

    Sausalito, California 94965

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