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
April 24, 2016, 4 - 6 pm
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 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.
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 sign up for the CSD's weekly enewsletter, click here. To learn about the other services, events and programs this organization provides, click here.
Animals are put to bed at half an hour before closing.
A $5 donation per person is suggested.
LOBBY CLOSURE: Our lobby and restrooms will be closed on Tuesday, March 1st.
The museum and zoo will be open with an alternative entrance. Visitors will be able to use the restrooms at Lucie Stern Community Center across the parking lot. All classes will be running. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please note there may be off-gassing from the carpet adhesive. However, both the carpet and adhesives have no or low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions and receive LEED green building credits.
Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo:
Visit www.friendsjmz.org to learn more about how this organization supports the Junior Museum, and find out how you can become a member. (Check out the Friends Newsletter!)
Learn more about the Museum & Zoo and the JMZ Initiative to build a new building and zoo. Click HERE to view informational videos.