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.

Superfamily Sunday
March 22, 2015, 10 am - 12 pm
Join us for this free event when the Junior Museum & Zoo will be open exclusively to families with children who have disabilities. In order to maintain a non-crowded environment, SPOTS ARE LIMITED. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To make a reservation or request special accommodations, please email Trudi.Wallick-Horrocks@CityofPaloAlto.org, or call (650) 329-2111.

If you can not attend this event, the next one will be take place on April 26, 2015.
Click here for a list of future dates or more information.

Superfamily Sundays are made possible thanks to a generous donation by the David & Lucile Packard 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.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

To learn more or to find other Blue Star Museums, click here.

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.

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.

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.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015
JMZ Quick Links
Birthday Party Agreement
Revision Date: 8/5/2014
Birthday Party Flyer
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Birthday Party Reservation Form
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Proposed Junior Museum & Zoo Project, Aerial Perspective 3/19/15
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School and Group Programs Class List - 2012-13
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School Program Fees 2014-15
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