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.
We are a BLUE STAR MUSEUM!
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). Please click here to access CSD's new weekly enewsletter and learn about the other services, events and programs this organization provides.
Animals are put to bed at half an hour before closing.
A $5 donation per person is suggested.
Museum Closure: Attention Visitors!!!: Due to the December Holidays, the Museum and Zoo will be closed Thursdays, December 25th and January 1st. We will close at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, December 24th and 31st.
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.