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Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

Junior Museum & Zoo

Cubberley Auditorium

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


We welcome people of all abilities. We design our experiences to be accessible to visitors with physical and developmental disabilities.

At the JMZ, you will find:

  • Accessibility Resources, available for check out during your visit
  • A Calming Nook area, a place to rest with sensory support materials
  • A Social Story to help prepare your children for a visit. Please download the Social Story in English or the Social Story in Spanish
  • Exhibits that are designed according to the Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
  • Wheelchair accessible exhibits, or exhibits that have a component so that a child or parent in a wheelchair may interact with visitors using the exhibit
  • Multi-sensory, hands-on exhibits that engage different abilities depending on a child’s strengths
  • Signage designed to be legible to people with vision impairments
  • Experiences for visitors with vision and hearing impairments
  • A welcoming and engaging experience for people with autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Trained staff that is accommodating to your child’s special needs – please ask if you need any assistance
  • Accessible parking 

Super Family Sundays Events

Periodically, we have free events for families who have children with special needs. See our Upcoming Events page to learn more.


2019 event dates have been announced!

¡2019 fechas de eventos se han anunciado!

Field Trips for Children with Disabilities

If you would like to schedule a field trip for your group with special needs, please call (650) 329-2111 to make a reservation.  Fee: $5 per student.  Teachers and adult chaperones are free. We will do our best to tailor an experience to accommodate your group and any special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities for People with Disabilities

We welcome volunteers who have physical or developmental disabilities. Children must be at least 14 years old. To discuss volunteer opportunities, please call (650) 617-3100 ext.1463 or email

Plan Your Visit Time

If you would like to visit the JMZ when it tends to be quieter and less crowded, we suggest visiting during the school year between noon and 2 pm. Summers and school holidays are often busy all day long.

Photos from our past Super Family Sunday events:

During our Super Family Sunday events, trained staff tailor experiences to your child. Often, a special animal to touch will be brought out with touchable animal artifacts to increase the sensory experience. A science activity is also developed for each event. Our goal is to give each family a chance to experience the magic of the museum and zoo in a quieter setting. Zookeeper guiding young boy in touching a snake  Zookeeper guiding young girl and woman in petting a ferret 

   Photo credit: Veronica Weber