When you visit, you'll discover twenty-five hundred square feet of indoor exhibits to engage you and your family's curiosity in science and nature.
Through these hands-on exhibits, you'll playfully explore a variety of science concepts as you help your children build, problem solve, observe and let their imaginations soar in our two current exhibitions: Clean Green Energy Machines and Buzzzz. Exhibits are developmentally appropriate for children from birth through nine years of age.
Clean Green Energy Machines
Clean Green Energy Machines introduces visitors to renewable energy and the science behind it.Our hands-on machines help visitors investigate wind, solar, water and kid-power—creating connections between the choices we make and our environment. It's a timely topic that we think will generate a lot of energy!
Visit Buzzzz and help your child explore the beauty of bugs and their fascinating life stories by observing live and preserved insect and spider specimens, and other invertebrates. This exhibition also includes a baby's only area called the Baby's Bramble. Here, pre-walkers can relax inside a giant monarch butterfly chrysalis, or exercise their developing legs on our baby walking ramp.
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.
The museum is temporarily located in the Cubberley Community Center Auditorium while the Junior Museum & Zoo is being rebuilt. During this time, the zoo is closed to the public.