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Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965
415-339-3900
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Sausalito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Fair Oaks, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

The kids museum is average with a number of buildings where the exhibits are kept. Don't go on a rainy day, you'll get drenched as you move from one building to the next, and the outdoor exhibits won't be a lot of fun either. It was alright for what it was and the kids generally enjoyed it, but for what... More

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DiscoveryMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Bay Area Discovery Museum, responded to this review

We certainly agree that the Exploratorium is a wonderful Museum and happy that you enjoy it there. We're sorry that it rained while you were here - it's a very rare experience these days! Different visitors will have different opinions about the weather. Some of our younger visitors love stomping through puddles, for instance! Most of our exhibit and programming... More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Yet the rest of us were not as impressed. Smart to go here BEFORE the awesome exploratorium. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge is incomparable.

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San Jose, CA
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143 reviews 143 reviews
24 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This little gem is at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Sausalito side. Best for kids under 7, some simple science, outdoor playground a small cafe, a good 2-3hours without being too bored. Also, you can walk and do hiking at Ft. Baker and enjoy the great views!

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San Francisco, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This museum has lots of fun things especially for the under 5 set to enjoy. And for parents and guardians, gorgeous views of the north side of Golden Gate Bridge, and views of the SF skyline. Nestled in a shady eucalyptus grove across the bay from San Francisco, the Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a cool getaway for all ages.... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

After reading a few reviews of this place, we decided to check it out since we were staying in the area (Oakland). It was fun for our 4-yr old, however the entrance fee seemed a bit much considering what it was. Our boy did love all the interactive displays, though, and the hands-on aspect was very much appreciated. It is... More

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Tiburon, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a great place to take little kids. You can spend almost a whole day here. I love the crafty rooms. My son isn't crafty AT ALL yet he took to these stops at this place. Painting on the windows, what kid doesn't like that. There's a fish pond with plastic fish they can pull out of the water... More

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Haddington, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Don't miss a trip to this museum with your children if you near San Francisco. Great view onto the bridge and easy to combine with visit to golden gate national park. My 4 year old son had a fab time exploring outdoors and indoors. Building,creating,fixing. Playing with water. My baby boy of 8 months loved exploring too in a safe... More

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Bay Area
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is the best way to entertain the entire family. They have different variety of activities, playground, crafts, learning and building. It is well worth the $$ if you need to get the kids outdoors while in the Bay Area.

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Granite Bay, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Great museum for young kids. The museum is interactive and they can pick up things, put things together and play with other kids. They are learning but they don't know it!

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We chanced extending our return journey cycle from Sausalito to San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge to include a trip to this attraction and it was worth even the uphill cycle back onto the main road afterwards!! Our 2.5 year old and 5 year old had great fun storming around the interactive exhibits and the outdoor play areas were... More

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