Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

Palo Alto, CA

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Address: 1559 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA Number: 650 329 2111 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Palo Also Junior Museum & Zoo is an amazing place for kids! It's filled with hands-on interactive exhibits all revolving around science and nature, AND they even have about 200 animals that call it home. 

At the Palo Alto Junior Museum, kids can just have a great time, getting creative, experimenting, and engaging their curiosity, all the while learning about fascinating topics.

The museum wanted to create a place that engage children, where they can come and just explore and discover, and we think they have done just that! It's where their natural scientist will be nurtured!

The creatures, which represent around 50 species, are often used as part of science outreach programs, but they also love having visitors too! From the bobcat, to the hedgehogs, slippery snakes, to fresh water fish and even a giatn tortoise, they are all great to experience up close!

Kids - are you feeling brave? Did you know that the Palo Also Junior Museum & Zoo also has an exhibit where you can come face to face with some pretty cool creatures? This multi-sensory, hands-on experience lets you say hello to those creepy crawlies, such as spiders, insects, millipedes and even anthropods!

This exhibit has not only the living animals, but preseved ones too - eek!

With 2500 sq feet of indoor exhibits, there is plenty to see. Kids can solve problems, build, observe, and let their imaginations soar! 

So why not enjoy nature AND science at this amazing Palo Alto experience. Let those imaginations go wild!

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How much does it cost?



Free entry. $5 donation appreciated.



Same as adult


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Additional Information

The animals are put to bed an hour before closing, and onsite parking is free!

Any top tips?


Why not have a birthday party at the museum! You and your friends can enjoy fun science activities, as well as a private room for a party! There are options for kids 3 years and up, with special options for older children. Make sure you give them a call about these!

I'm Hungry!


There are vending machines in the lobby, and food and drink are only permitted in the lobby.

Healthy Eating There are picnic tables in the front of the museum so why not bring your own food and enjoy it!

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Throughout the academic year, trained Museum educators bring a wide range of standards-based science programs into K-5 local elementary school classrooms. Programs can be tailored to what you need! They can also come to you, so give them a call for this unique educational experience!

Need a little extra help?


They welcome everyone of all abilities! There are trained staff for children with special needs, parking, and wheelchair accessible exhibits.

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When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tues - Sat / 1pm - 4pm Sun

All year round. Closed Mondays

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