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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
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09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Fantastic museum in a wonderful location

The museum was interesting and complimented our historical tour around San Francisco. The location is also excellent for taking in different views of the Gold Gate Bridge, Angel... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 January 2017
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Brisbane
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510 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The museum was interesting and complimented our historical tour around San Francisco. The location is also excellent for taking in different views of the Gold Gate Bridge, Angel Island and the bay area

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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This is a special place for younger children. It is filled with hands-on exhibits that kids can explore. Fine for toddlers. Much of the things to do are outside so it is a much better experience in good weather. Staff are very friendly and accommodating. You can bring your own snacks and food or partake of the limited but healthy... More 

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Edina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

If you live in the Bay Area or are just visiting and have children or grandchildren between the ages of 6 months to 10 years and are looking for a special day adventure to take them to, the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is the spot. It is in Sausalito, a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge in Baker... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We bought a groupon for my husband, me and my 3 and 1 year-old. The museum is right in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. Beautiful and gorgeous views of the bridge in the parking lot. The place is not a traditional museum - lots of outdoor walking. Bring layers or you and your children will be inappropriately clothed and... More 

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Reading some of the reviews I would have thought otherwise but we had a great time with our grandchildren aged 6 & 4. Sure there were toys and interactive areas that weren't anything special but there were many areas that were fun and unique. BIG BLOCKS and building areas for one. Musical equipment throughout the area. Awesome outdoor play sculptures... More 

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We got a Groupon to here and decided to go on a Saturday. Since there driver from home is over an hour we reached only by 11 am and initially I thought that we might not have enough time to explore it all. But the timer we had was sufficient. Our toddler got busy right away and didn't even care... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is probably best for ages 2-10. There are different vintage buildings that house various activities. LOTS of kids running amok, so stay close to your toddlers. There are make believe vignettes, glass painting, clay modeling, outdoor play areas. The views are worthy (its a scene from Star Trek, even) Plan to stay at least 3 hrs. Parking was free.... More 

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San Rafael, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a sheep shearing operation for parents who don't have the imagination to find a local playground and who want to pay a high admission price for not very much. Take a walk on the nearby beach, it's free and has a great view.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

While we didn't visit the museum, we found the area to be a great place to view the Golden Gate Bridge from down below and capture some fun photographs of bridge and view looking back towards San Francisco. There are lots of areas to walk and see the bridge from below, see the marinas and dog park folks.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Not a lot of educational activities as I expected however, my little one enjoyed it and I guess that's what really matters. I wouldn't bring my kids to this museum very often as the activities available are limited for toddlers.

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