The Bay Area Discovery Museum is committed to creating a welcoming environment and meaningful experience for visitors and staff that reflects the diversity of our community. Our mission is to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children and we are committed to removing the barriers that some families face in accessing high-quality, educational experiences for their children. Over 20% of the Museum’s annual visitors receive free or reduced admissions through our Celebrating Community Access Initiatives, including free admission for all visitors the first Wednesday of every month, an open door policy and discounted Family Access Memberships. Through our flagship outreach program, Connections, the Museum facilitates more than 8,000 visits annually and provides high quality STEM learning opportunities for children from subsidized Bay Area preschools that serve a high proportion of low-income families, families of color, recent immigrants and English-language learners.
Our Celebrating Community initiative is comprised of the following programs:
Download our brochure with complete details about Celebrating Community. (PDF)
Connections is the centerpiece of our Celebrating Community outreach program. Through Connections, the Museum partners with 35 local subsidized preschools through their parent organizations:
- Marin Head Start
- Marin Community Child Development Program
- San Francisco Unified School District Child Development Program
- Wu Yee Children’s Services
- Contra Costa Head Start
- The Model Centers funded by Mimi and Peter Haas
Through Connections, the Museum facilitates more than 8,000 visits annually with young learners from communities that might not otherwise have access to the Museum. Schools in the Connections program serve a high proportion of low-income families and generally serve children of color, recent immigrants, and English-language learners. Each participating school has committed to work with the Museum for three years to provide focused feedback so Connections can meet the needs of the teachers, the children, the families and the Museum.
Visit our Connections page for complete details, including photos and updates on current programming.
For more information, contact Heather Miller at hmillerbadmorg or (415) 339-3916.
Family Access Programs
The Museum offer free days, camp scholarships, low-cost Family Access memberships, and our Open Door Policy. Learn more about Family Access programs.
Festivals and Special Events
Thanks to long-term partnerships with community organizations, the Museum hosts annual events reflecting the Bay Area’s rich cultural diversity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
- Chinese New Year Festival
In fiscal year 2012 (Sept. 1, 2012 – Aug. 31, 2013), the Museum welcomed:
45,000 people received free admissions to the Museum through monthly free days, cultural festival, Open Door Access, and fully subsidized community/school programs including:
o 21,164 visitors to our Free First Wednesdays
o 1,700 subsidized or free school visits.
o 9,605 visits through Connections
o 600 complimentary tickets to Goblin Jamboree to families in under-served communities.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum donates passes to hundreds of community organizations and schools every year. Learn more about how to request a donation of passes.