Celebrating Community

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is committed to creating a welcoming environment and meaningful experience for visitors and staff that respects and includes people with disabilities, from different racial, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, and who identify as LGBTQ.  

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:

Festivals and Special Events

One expression of our commitment to our diverse community is to partner with community-based organizations to facilitate Museum visitation and contributions to all Museum Festivals and Special Events.

The Community Groups initiative is intended to increase participation in Museum special events by community-based organizations who serve low-income families. If your organization serves low-income families who would benefit from free admission to an upcoming Special Event, request tickets for your group. The ticket request links below are for community-based organizations only.

If you are an individual parent or caregiver who is seeking reduced cost admission to the Museum please click here for more information on admission for individual low-income families.

January 30: STEM Superhero Series: Extreme Water

February 15: Chinese New Year Festival

February 27: STEM Superhero Series: Building Big

April 10: Week of the Young Child Celebration

April 23: STEM Superhero Series: Power Up!

May 14: STEM Superhero Series: Code Our Future

For more information about upcoming Festivals and Special events read our newsletter here.

For questions about your application, please contact Crystal Taylor, external relations associate, at 415-339-3931 or ctaylorbadmorg.


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.

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