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Junior Museum & Zoo, Palo Alto

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Children’s Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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.

The Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo manage this page and are dedicated to supporting and enhancing the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. The Friend also manage the JMZ membership program. For more information about membership or to join, visit or call us at (650) 326-6338.
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  • Good for relaxing walk by yourself or with the family, where you can see and learn about different local plants, inhale deeply feeling fresh air, step into the building and then go out to explore...  more »
  • Can visit with family including small kids. kids really enjoy the place with natual environment ,birds and pets  more »
  • Great place that is also free. Staff are extremely nice and welcoming. Totally recommend going on a Sunday when you can see the Bald eagle and actually touch it. We came last year around this time and it was great. Unfortunately there weren't that many exhibits but there aren't many ppl
  • The site is being renovated. So, not much of activities. However, the staff is very nice to explain and give instructions. Good place to spend time with your kids though. Would have given 5 stars.
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