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Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational visit activities, trip organization and student ticket.



About Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, located in Palo Alto, is a beloved community institution that offers engaging educational experiences through its diverse collection of animals and interactive exhibits. The museum and zoo are designed to inspire curiosity and foster a love for science and nature in visitors of all ages.

Historical Overview

  • Foundation: The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo was established in 1934 as a place for children and families to explore science and nature. Over the decades, it has evolved to become a cherished educational resource for the community.

Key Features and Exhibits

  • Animal Exhibits: The zoo is home to over 50 species of animals, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Notable residents include bobcats, raccoons, bats, hedgehogs, and various birds of prey. Each exhibit is designed to mimic the animals' natural habitats and provide enriching environments.
  • Interactive Science Exhibits: The museum features a variety of interactive science exhibits that cover topics such as physics, biology, and environmental science. These hands-on displays encourage children to explore scientific concepts through play and experimentation.
  • Zoo Habitat: This section of the zoo focuses on native and exotic species, providing educational displays about each animal’s behavior, diet, and habitat. The zoo habitat is designed to give visitors an immersive experience while learning about wildlife conservation.
  • Exploration Zone: An area dedicated to interactive learning, the Exploration Zone features exhibits that allow children to engage in creative and scientific activities. This includes building structures, experimenting with water flow, and discovering the properties of different materials.
  • Animal Encounters: The zoo offers scheduled animal encounters where visitors can learn about and interact with various animals up close. These encounters provide educational insights into the animals' lives and conservation efforts.

Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo’s website for current exhibits, special events, and educational programs to make the most of your visit. Check operating times to ensure the museum and zoo are open during your planned visit.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking through the exhibits and zoo habitats. Bring layers, as some exhibits are outdoors.
  • Bring Essentials: Pack water, food and snacks. The museum and zoo also have nearby dining options.
  • Engage with Staff: Utilize the knowledgeable staff and volunteers who can provide insights and answer questions about the exhibits and animals.
  • Participate in Activities: Encourage children to participate in the interactive exhibits and animal encounters to enhance their learning experience and enjoyment of the museum and zoo.


By visiting the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, families can immerse themselves in a world of science and nature, exploring interactive exhibits and encountering a diverse array of animals. The museum and zoo provide a dynamic and educational environment that inspires curiosity, creativity, and a deeper understanding of the natural world. Whether observing animals in their habitats, engaging in hands-on science activities, or participating in animal encounters, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo offers an enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

PriceFrom $22.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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