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Community Raises $25 Million to Build New Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ), the City's hands-on science facility for children since 1941, is one step closer to getting a new and improved facility. Thanks to the Friends of the Junior Museum and Zoo who spearheaded a fundraising campaign that netted $10 million in private donations and a $15 million matching grant from the Peery Foundation, Council could soon be signing off on the JMZ reconstruction project.

"The JMZ has a demonstrated history of teaching vital science education to generations of children, regardless of their economic background," said Dave Peery, Managing Director of the Peery Foundation. "Our family is excited to help make the new Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo a reality, and ensure it will continue to bring science alive for future generations in this community.”

The JMZ currently teaches more than 19,000 children in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Mountain View, and hosts approximately 150,000 visits a year. To learn more about the rebuilding project, click here.

“It is important to us that we retain the intimate and child-like qualities of the current facility,” said John Aikin, JMZ Executive Director. “We will add more interactive exhibits and habitats that promote questions in young children without removing the safe environment in which they can explore.”

The construction project, which will be managed by the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, is currently going through City review. Final Council sign off is expected this summer with groundbreaking planned to take place in the spring of 2018.

The new facility is scheduled to open in 2020. To view the current architectural designs and a project timeline, go to the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo website.

Last Updated February 21, 2017