Laughing woman with boa constrictor wrapped over her shoulder shows it to a toddler
Members get wrapped up in excitement as they hold Cleo the boa constrictor at our Moms & Muffins event in 2009. 

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo


Junior Museum & Zoo

Cubberley Auditorium

4050 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-329-2111


The Junior Museum & Zoo depends upon generous contributions from the community through the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.  The Friends work closely with the City of Palo Alto and the Junior Museum & Zoo to provide:

  • Exciting and interactive museum exhibits
  • Free science education classes to students in East Palo Alto
  • Improvements and renovations to the Museum & Zoo facilities

Learn more about the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.

Family memberships start at $100 and include invitations to Members-only events. These events are fun, family-oriented, and provide a close-up opportunity to get to our animals.  Memberships make a great gift  for holidays, new parents, birthdays, grandparents, and teachers.

Become a Member today!

The Friends have embarked on a campaign to build a new building and zoo and to expand educational programs, called The JMZ Initiative. Learn more about this exciting initiative.


 Laura Lee Harper dressed up as a Luna moth




Our members-only events star special guests, like Loree Lee Harper, the Luna moth, who visited Halloween Zoo Night. Events feature exotic guest animals and hands-on science activities for families. 








 Young girl holding a tortoise hatchling


 A young girl shows her excitement as she holds a tortoise hatchling at the Reptile Rumpus 2012.