The Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo wants to keep you connected to all our activities, events, and special announcements. Check out our newsletters and events information to read about the latest buzz at the JMZ and how our community is involved with our work. Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.
Super Family Sundays Are Back
December 4, 2021
Super Family Sundays are free events when the JMZ is open exclusively to families with children who have disabilities. Children with all disabilities are welcome, as well as parents, siblings and grandparents.
New Ball Exhibits at the JMZ
October 8, 2021
New Ball Exhibits at the JMZ Whether rolling balls or bouncing balls, balls are irresistible fun to kids! That’s why the original ball machine was such a popular and memorable feature of the old museum.
Exhibit Spotlight: The Treehouse
July 8, 2021
One of the most exciting features of the new Junior Museum & Zoo will undoubtedly be the new state-of-the-art treehouse. The JMZ’s Executive Director, John Aikin, and Exhibits Director, Tina Keegan, gave the Friends the inside scoop on all that went into designing this amazing new outdoor feature. Read on to learn more about what will surely.
Admissions Fee Update 2
June 24, 2021
We are pleased to share that last night the Palo Alto City Council adopted the Finance Committee’s recommendation and lowered the JMZ admission fee from $18 to $10. Over the past year, the Friends have worked tirelessly to ensure that the JMZ reopens with a ticket price that makes the JMZ as affordable and accessible.
May 24, 2021
Exhibit ideas come from many places. Developers and designers find inspiration at other museums, zoos, parks and public places, in books, from nature, and from creative people such as artists, scientists, teachers, friends and of course, our visitors. We spend time watching children play and explore. We observe how caregivers interact with children and support.
The Junior Museum Goes Virtual
April 1, 2021
Since 1999, the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo has addressed inequality in education through our Science Outreach Program. Through this program the Friends provide funding to JMZ educators to go into elementary schools in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park to teach the same STEM science lessons they teach in Palo Alto.
Flamingos at the New Junior Museum & Zoo
February 1, 2021
As we shared at the end of last year, our flamingos are settling nicely into their new home at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.This month, JMZ Executive Director John Aikin takes us behind-the-scenes to teach us even more about these unique animals! Go Behind-the-Scenes We can’t wait to share the new JMZ with you.
Sneak Peak into the New Junior Museum & Zoo
December 1, 2020
If you have driven by the Junior Museum & Zoo recently, you have probably wondered what’s been going with construction of the new museum and zoo! We are lucky that we’ve been able to push along construction, even with all of the obstacles that COVID-19 brings.
October 1, 2020
I recall the first time that I hand-fed a flamingo because it was an extraordinary experience. As I stepped into the flamingo enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, I was struck by how impressively tall the birds were as they stood right next to me – my heart fluttered. I was handed a clear plastic cup of water.
Interview with Zookeeper Lee
September 1, 2020
The CZU Lightning Complex wildfires have had a profound impact on the lives of Bay Area residents, especially those who were forced to evacuate. The evacuation orders affected not only people but also their animals, including large animals such as horses, donkeys, and llamas. Our Animal Ambassador, Lee Harper, has spent the past few weeks sheltered.
Upgraded facility provides sensory experience for people of all abilities
November 15, 2021
The $33 million facility includes an expanded zoo and a hands-on science museum for kids.
It’s back! Expanded Junior Museum and Zoo to reopen on Nov. 12
October 29, 2021
Upgraded facility provides sensory experience for people of all abilities.
Palo Alto City Council Green Lights Construction of the New Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
February 6, 2018
Palo Alto City Council has approved the construction of the new JMZ facility, including approving a construction management agreement between the City of Palo Alto and the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (Friends).
The Peery Foundation and Local Community Raise $25 Million to Build a new Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Junior
February 9, 2017
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ) will be re-imagined and rebuilt, thanks to a $15 million matching grant from the Peery Foundation and $10 million in private donations from local donors.