About the Junior Museum and Zoo



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
Oct. 29, 4:00 - 6:00 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!
  • Wear your Halloween costume!

To create a welcoming and accommodating experience, the number of guests in limited. Reservations are required. To register for this event, click here. Reservations are available starting Oct. 8. 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.

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 for the Enjoy Catalog which lists our available classes along with 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.  

Due to extreme heat and not having air conditioning, the JMZ will close if the inside building temperature reaches 90 degrees. Please note that many animals may also be hiding or will be removed to cooler areas off-exhibit due to the heat.

School classes and other groups of 10 or more may visit us by calling (650) 329-2111 for a reservation. Fee: $5 per student. Teachers and adult chaperones are free.

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: Sep 1, 2017
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