Q: If I pay for admission to the Museum, can I use the cost of admission to help purchase a membership?
A: Yes, however you must bring the admission receipt to the Front Desk that same day. Admission for up to two adults and their children can be applied toward the cost of membership.
Q: How many people, and who can receive free admission using my membership?
A: Memberships are intended one per family. Sharing memberships between families is prohibited. Memberships are non-transferable.
Memberships are designed for one household comprised of up to two adults and their children. You can list a caregiver who can bring your children as well. Infants under 6 months are free. If you would like to bring guests you can step up your membership to the Supporting level and always bring two extra guests.
For memberships purchased prior to June 1, 2011: Discovery Duo memberships admit 2 people. Family Fun memberships admit 4 people. Museum Passport and Anchor memberships admit 6 people. One of the named card holders or a listed caregiver must be present for admission.
Q: Where do members check-in?
A: All members must check-in at the Museum Front Desk before entering the Museum. Unless otherwise directed by a staff member or clearly-marked signage during an event day, you must enter the Museum via the Front Desk at the Entry Pavilion. Please have your membership card in-hand, count the total number of seniors, adults, children and infants in your group, then wait for the next available front desk staff person. Visitation statistics help us plan for exhibit usage and provide crucial information to our financial supporters. In addition, visitors entering or exiting from locations other than the Entry Pavilion (such as at the back gate or over a fence) compromises the Museum’s ability to ensure the safety of our site.
Q: Can I visit other museums for free with my membership?
A: Show your membership card for discounted admission to over 180 children's museums throughout the United States and Canada.
Please note: Memberships purchased prior to June 1, 2011 may not be reciprocal - check your membership card for the ACM logo to confirm reciprocity. If you'd like to step up your membership to receive reciprocal admission to 180+ children's museums and other great benefits, please contact membership(at)badm.org or (415) 339-3954.
Q: What happens if I lose my membership card or forget to bring it?
A: Replacement membership cards can be purchased for just $5. If you forget your card, the Front Desk will allow you to enter if they can locate you in the current listing of members; however you will be charged for a new set of cards if you forget to bring them a second time.
Q: Is my membership tax deductible?
A: Memberships are tax deductible as allowable by law. The fair market value of benefits received at the Supporting level is $10. No substantial goods or services are received at the Family level. Please consult your tax advisor for individual deductions.
Q: What is the Museum's Tax ID?
A: The EIN for the Bay Area Discovery Museum is 68-0033227.