About the Junior Museum and Zoo



Junior Museum & Zoo

Our mission is to engage a child's curiosity in science and nature.

The JMZ is a place where children and their caregivers come to explore, discover, create and play. Through hands-on science exhibits and a diverse community of live animals, your child's natural scientist will be nurtured.

The Zoo is home to more than 50 species of animals—about 200 specimens in all—many of which are brought into classrooms as part of the Junior Museum & Zoo's science outreach program with local schools. Some of the animals include bobcats, raccoons, jungle bats, hedgehogs, ferrets, snakes, fresh water fish and invertebrates, birds, turtles and a giant tortoise!

We offer a menagerie of science programs for schools and community groups, as well as classes, summer camps and birthday parties for families. 

A visitor created a wonderful video of their family visit. Click HERE to view it.

Super Family Sunday
Nov. 27, 2016, 10am - 12 pm

Click HERE to make a reservation.

Join us for this FREE event when the JMZ will be open exclusively to families with children who have disabilities. Grandparents and siblings are welcome to attend. To create a welcoming and accommodating experience, the number of guests is limited. EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND.

For questions or to request special accommodations, please email
Trudi.Wallick-Horrocks@CityofPaloAlto.org, or call (650) 329-2111.

Click HERE for a list of 2016 dates.

2016 Super Family Sundays are made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Brin Wojcicki Foundation.

Have you tried one of our preschool or afterschool classes?
Click here for the Enjoy Catalog which lists our available classes and other classes offered by the City of Palo Alto's Community Services Department.

Click here to learn more about our educational programs for schools or groups.

The Junior Museum and Zoo is part of the City of Palo Alto's Community Services Department (CSD). To learn about the other services, events and programs this organization provides, click here.

Junior Museum & Zoo

1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-329-2111
Fax: 650-473-1965

  • Closed Mondays
  • Tuesday through Saturday, 10am  5pm
  • Sunday, 1pm  4pm
  • Animals are put to bed at half an hour before closing.

A $5 donation per person is suggested. 


Closed All Day
11/11/16 - Veterans Day
11/24/16 - Thanksgiving
11/25/16 – Thanksgiving
12/25/16 – Christmas Day
1/1/17 – New Year’s Day

 Early Closure at 2 p.m.
12/24/16 – Christmas Eve
12/31/16 – New Year’s Eve

Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo:

Visit www.friendsjmz.org
to learn more about the Friends or to become a member.

Click HERE to learn more about the Museum & Zoo and the JMZ Initiative to build a new building and zoo.

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2016
JMZ Quick Links
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