About the Junior Museum and Zoo


We're moving to rebuild!

Drawing of zoo animals in driver seat and bed of a moving truck.


On FRIDAY, MAY 4TH, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will close its doors and move to our temporary home at Cubberley Community Center.


Why? To make way for the construction of our new facility opening in SUMMER 2020!


Starting JUNE 12TH, enjoy our exhibits, camps,
and classes at our new temporary home, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Public hours TBD.


Access to zoo animals will be limited and primarily available through Junior Museum & Zoo programs and camps.


Visit www.friendsjmz.org for Club JMZ benefits and special visitation hours.


Summer science camps start June 11th!

Junior Museum & Zoo


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

The Junior Museum & Zoo 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.

Click here to view a live stream of our fruit bats!


Super Family Sunday

January 28th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Join us for this FREE special event for families who have children with special needs. The Museum & Zoo will be open exclusively to families who have children with special needs. Children with all disabilities are welcome as well as grandparents and siblings.

  • Come meet animals up-close!
  • Enjoy a hands-on science activity!

To create a welcoming and accommodating experience, the number of guests in limited. Reservations are required. To register for this event, click here. For questions or to request special accommodations, please call (650) 329-2111.

Super Family Sundays are made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.




Everbright is an interactive light wall for all ages. Inspired by the Lite-Brite, it’s a huge grid of hundreds of adjustable color dials that rotate endlessly in either direction through the color spectrum. It looks like a giant Lite-Brite, but it does things that no Lite-Brite can do. Come with your children and get creative with color together!

This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with, and generous donations from the Valley Medical Center Foundation, Silicon Valley Creates, the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, and the Palo Alto Art Center.

Have you tried one of our preschool or afterschool classes?


Click here to view the JMZ catalog for information on the JMZ and our programs.

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.
  • Holiday Closure: Please note that due to the Christmas and New Years Holidays, the Museum will be closed Monday Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st. We are sorry for any inconvenience.


A $5 donation per person is suggested.


Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo:

to learn more about the Friends or to become a member.

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



Last Updated: Dec 7, 2017