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Bay Area Discovery Museum

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Address: 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965-2614
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+1 415-339-3900
09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00

Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the nationally recognized...

Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the nationally recognized Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor family museum that offers a full range of activities for children ages 8 and younger. The Museum's unique programs feature hands-on art and science exhibits, performances, workshops, and cultural festivals -- all with a focus on fun.

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Awesome place for kids of all ages

We had been to bay area disciver museum recently abd our 3 yr old just loved the place. Its worth spending the time there and my son never got bored. There was also a painting and... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2015
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 19 November 2015 via mobile

We had been to bay area disciver museum recently abd our 3 yr old just loved the place. Its worth spending the time there and my son never got bored. There was also a painting and stamping session for kids. My my little artist just loved them. Will be back here for sure.And the cafe was too good, with all... More 

1 Thank Anjudan
Heidelberg, Germany
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

There are trails in the maps here, but all of them are fenced off. No way to get near the horseshoe bay.

Thank LifeScientist
San Jose, California
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

One of the best and kids friendly museum. Each museum will have activities for children. Great musical instruments. Very good location and view. Food is costly and very less quantity. In all must visit museum especially if you have kids.

Thank Chiloo-Chilee
Cincinnati, Ohio
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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

We took a family trip to San Francisco with our 15 month old and opted to visit the discovery museum over some of the more popular museums in the city and we are so glad we did! This place is designed for younger kids- there were entire areas he could explore and play - he had such a great time.

1 Thank jenjenattack
Rancho Cordova, California
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71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2015

Took all 5 of the Grandkids for a Sunday funday. Ages from 6 weeks to 10 years.... It was a bit young for the 10 year old but she really enjoyed helping with the younger kids. The 6,4 and 18 month old LOVED it.... The 6 week old slept peacfully in the wonder breezes from the bay. :-) I would... More 

Thank Duker20
walnut grove, ca
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Wonderful for kids! They have a scale model of the delta and the bay. It is a great way to spend the morning.

Thank gottogonow
San Ramon, California
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216 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This Discovery Museum is a true delight. We went on Grandparent's Day with our 2.5 year old granddaughter. I don't know who had the better time! The exhibits were well within her abilities. There were several art projects which she loved making. They had someone playing a guitar and singing songs she knew. She liked dancing with us! They have... More 

Thank awm1
los angeles, ca
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71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

To be honest, when I think about taking my daughter to a children's museum, it's an obligation. This museum however, is a treat not only for the kids, but also for the adults. First of all, driving to Sausalito is ALWAYS a treat, despite the congestion crossing the Golden Gate bridge. It's always worth it. Once we cross over to... More 

Thank linbay
San francisco Bay Area
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

On two visits, now, our grandbabies from New York City have spent the day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and loved every minute! The 4-year-ld and the 2.5-year-old each found things that completely captivated them. This is a must stop if you are in charge of entertaining the Small Fry set...and if you're a parent, I would imagine it's... More 

Thank tapdancer68
San Francisco
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56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2015

We've been taking our kids to the Discovery Museum for years. My older son especially loves the ships with sand and "treasures". The wave science and art areas are also noteworthy. My younger son enjoyed trying to "catch fish" on the ship indoors. Lots of fun activities in a great surrounding area that is picturesque. Really great for kids 10... More 

Thank TravelingfromSF_8

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