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.

Every Thursday in April, 1 - 4pm

Help us build our cob bench!
Cob is an ancient, sustainable building technique that uses mud. Bring your kids to help out. All ages are welcome. Dress to get dirty. Meet in front of the JMZ, and plan to help for at least a half-hour. FREE!

Junior Museum & Zoo

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


We are currently open. However, due to a roof leak, the museum and zoo may need to close unexpectedly.

If you are planning a visit and it is raining, please call (650) 329-2111 or check the website to verify we are open.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Scheduled classes will still be running. Please arrive on time. Your teacher will meet you at the front door and escort you to your classroom.


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

Individual admission is free.  A $5 donation per person is appreciated.

Donate to the Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo: www.friendsjmz.org

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014
JMZ Quick Links
Rate Sheet for School & Group Programs - 2012-13
Revision Date: 1/22/2013
Revision Date: 1/22/2013
Revision Date: 9/10/2013
Revision Date: 9/10/2013
Birthday Party Reservation Form 2012
Revision Date: 8/31/2012
Preschool Programs Winter 2013
Revision Date: 1/22/2013
School and Group Programs Class List - 2012-13
Revision Date: 8/30/2012