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      • 9/3/15 Listen to art at the Bay Area Discovery Museum with new Artist-in-Residence Marco Pinter
      • 5/12/15 Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! opens May 23 at Bay Area Discovery Museum
      • 5/1/15 Bay Area Discovery Museum Will Host Playdate 2015: White to Bright Gala on May 8 Museum to raise $325,000 to Support Early Childhood Education Programs
      • 4/15/15 Celebrate Nature with Hands-On Programs and a Performance
      • 4/9/15 Resource Fair to Connect Under-Resourced Families with Community Partners and Celebrate School Readiness
      • 4/3/15 Celebrate Nature with Hands-On Programs and a Performance
      • 3/31/15 Latest Findings Reported on How to Inspire Creativity in Children
      • 3/17/15 Enjoy Spring Break at the Bay Area Discovery Museum During Special Hours
      • 3/17/15 Discover Boats, Cruisers, Trucks and a Helicopter at Bay Area Discovery Museum’s National Park Safety Day
      • 3/9/15 Choreographer Claudia Anata Hubiak and The Anata Project Named as Museum’s Artist-in-Residence
      • 2/16/15 Summer Day Camps Explore the Arts, Sciences & Environment for Kids Ages 3 - 8
      • 2/12/15 Creativity Forum 2015 Features Best-Selling Authors, Daniel Pink and Tony Wagner
      • 2/12/15 Evening Lecture to Explore The Neuroscience of Learning Differences
      • 2/4/15 Lion Dancers and More at Chinese New Year Family Celebration
      • 2/2/14 Museum Classes Build Early Socialization Skills for Critical School Readiness in Preschoolers
      • 1/29/15 100Kin10
      • 1/14/15 Special Celebration and Performances Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      • 1/8/15 Storyland Exhibition Opens
      • 1/6/15 Artist in Residence Liz Harvey
      • 11/18/14 Be a Wizard, Seafarer, Explorer or Artist at School Break Camps
      • 11/14/14 Get Shipwrecked in the Interactive play, The Explorers
      • 11/11/14 Fresh Snow Descends on Museum
      • 11/7/14 Bay Area Discovery Museum Welcomes Newest Marketing Director; Appoints New CFO
      • 11/6/14 Family Classes Ignite Creativity
      • 1/3/12 Bay Area Discovery Museum Announces New Leadership
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A Foundation for Future Innovators and Creative Thinkers

The future of the Bay Area resides in its children and youth. The Bay Area Discovery Museum is committed to that future, and to nurturing future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. Play, Discover, Create!

An Extraordinary Setting for Extraordinary Childhood Experiences

With its panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge—deep in the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the museum’s setting is unique among the world’s children’s museums. To this extraordinary backdrop, we bring a systematic program of best-practices and unrivaled resources: 1. A 7.5 acre, indoor-outdoor environment that harmonizes nature and nurture; 2. A safe, child-centric campus that promotes self-direction, creativity, and discovery through hands-on exhibitions; 3. Expert-guided workshops in the arts and sciences; 4. Multi-cultural programs that celebrate the Bay Area’s rich and varied cultures and communities; 5. Aggressive outreach to children and families in under-served communities, where the need for open-ended play and creative development is most acute; and 6. A platform for advocacy and thought leadership on childhood play and creativity and its lifelong benefits.

A Place Where Children Discover Their Own Way

From its inception over twenty years ago, our mission has been to develop the many facets of childhood creativity and play. Our trademark approach emphasizes open-ended, child-directed, discovery-based activities, in which there are infinite ways to play, discover, and create—not a single, ‘correct’ way as determined by adults. These are the types of early experiences that researchers have linked positively to the cultivation of lifelong creativity, and it is the type of play that happens for thousands of children each week at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Filling The Void: The Creative Imperative

Creativity—the capacity for original thought, new connections, adaptive reasoning, and novel solutions--if nurtured and supported during childhood, has positive and far-reaching implications for fulfilling adult potentiality. While all children are born with creative capacities, research indicates that by age 10 many children have lost up to 70% of their creative capacity, and as adults we utilize a mere fraction of our original creative potential. In a global society where change is radical, constant and accelerating, creativity is an imperative for success. Yet, precious few institutions focus successfully on the many facets of creative development—especially childhood creative development.

A Leading Museum Focused on Children’s Creativity.

World-class cities are defined by their iconic civic, cultural and educational institutions—their leading schools and universities, symphonies, theater and dance companies, and museums. Many of these great cities have founded dedicated children’s museums, because of the profound and lasting impact they have on the physical, emotional and cognitive development of children. Among the nation’s top children’s museums, the Bay Area Discovery Museum is an acknowledged pioneer, leader and innovator. It is renowned for its mission of developing childhood creativity through the original and inventive use of child-directed, discovery-based play. Every great cultural institution has its niche—the development of childhood creativity is ours.

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