Museum Hours

Current Hours

Tuesday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Monday, except when noted on the calendar

The Museum is closed on Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and for two weeks in September for maintenance.

Museum Closed for Annual Maintenance 

Monday, September 14 - Monday, September 28 

New Hours Beginning Tuesday, September 29

Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission Fees

General Babies Seniors Members
1-64 yrs. 6-12 mos. 64+yrs. all
$13.95 $12.95 $12.95 Free

These admission fees do not apply to Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser. Group visit deals and discounted admission coupons are not valid on for Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser.

Programs for Schools & Teachers

Coming with more than 10 kids? Check out our Programs for Schools & Teachers webpage to make a reservation!


We accept cash, checks, AMEX, MC & VISA. An ATM is available in the Entry Pavilion. Please note: unless explicitly stated, Museum admission is not included with tickets purchased for programs, performances or events.

Entrances to all exhibition halls are wheelchair accessible.

Museum Membership

Planning to visit 3 or more times this year? Buy a membership - it will pay for itself in just three visits! You can also apply the cost of your visit toward a membership on the day you visit.

Free and Discounted Admission

Free First Wednesday

Please join us for free on the first Wednesday of each month for a full day of creative and fun experiences for all. Due to capacity issues, group visits are not available on Free First Wednesdays. Sponsored by


Free Admission to Military Personnel

Did you know that we are a Blue Star Museum? We are one of more than 2,000 museums nationwide offering free admission to active duty military personnel. Free admission is given to to active duty military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard and Reserve members, with up to five family members.

Partner Membership Discounts

Please show proof of membership at the front desk upon entry for the following:

  • Automobile Association of America (AAA): $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people
  • Association of Children's Museums (ACM): Discounted admission to members of other children's museums may be available depending on your membership level - check your membership card for the ACM sticker. 
  • Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC): The ASTC Passport Program gives members free general admission to over 300 institutions located outside a 90-mile radius of your residence. Check your membership card for the ASTC logo.
  • California Alumni Association (CAA): $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people
  • KQED: $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people
  • UCSF: $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people

Request a Donation

The Museum fulfills hundreds of donation requests from school and community organizations each year. We will provide two passes good for five admissions each (total value: $110) to not-for-profit organizations for fundraising events that are not religious or political in nature.

Request a donation

Please note: we are unable to donate other offerings, such as memberships or camps.

As we are a not-for-profit, we do not receive any tax-deduction for our donation to your organization, so we do not require a receipt. Please feel free to save the postage and printing.

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