Plan a Visit

Plan a Visit

Individual admission is free.  A $5 donation per person is appreciated.

Groups of 10 or more, please call (650) 329-2111 to make a reservation.  Fee: $5 per student.  Teachers and adult chaperones are free.

To schedule a Science Interpretive Program, please contact Alex Hamilton via e-mail or call: 650-329-2412.

Parking, Biking, and Public Transportation

  • Onsite parking is free.
  • Bike racks are available.
  • Caltrain stops at the Palo Alto station on University Avenue and the California Avenue station. The museum is a half an hour walk.
  • VTA #35 bus stops at Melville Road. The museum is a three minute walk.
  • The Palo Alto Free Shuttle runs Monday through Friday. The Crosstown Shuttle stops at the Main Library, and the museum is a five minute walk. The Embarcadero Shuttle stops at Middlefield Road, and the museum is a three minute walk.


  • The Museum & Zoo is located at 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.The closest intersection is Embarcadero Road.
  • HIGHWAY 101 (North & South): Take the Embarcadero Road West exit (northbound travelers turn left; southbound travelers turn right). Turn right at Middlefield Road. The Museum & Zoo is located on your right.
  • HIGHWAY 280 (North & South): Take the Page Mill Road exit (northbound travelers turn right; southbound travelers turn left). Continue on Page Mill which will become Oregon Expressway. Turn left onto Middlefield. The Museum & Zoo will be located on your right after the Embarcadero Road intersection.
  • FROM DOWNTOWN PALO ALTO: Head south on Middlefield. The Museum & Zoo will be located on your left just after Kellogg Avenue.


Vending machines in lobby. Food and drink are only permitted in the Lobby. Picnic tables are located in front of the museum and in neighboring Rinconada Park.


The Museum & Zoo serves children, ages birth to nine, and their adult caregivers.


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 2pm. Summers are often busy all day long.


We have an observational beehive in our Buzzzz exhibition. Bees generally do not bother our visitors while foraging in the gardens for pollen and nectar. However, for safety we recommend visitors with a bee allergy bring their EpiPen along on their visit.   


We welcome visitors of all abilities. Please visit our accessibility page to learn more about the services we provide.  


Junior Museum & Zoo
1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-329-2111
Fax: 650-473-1965


  • Closed Mondays
  • Tuesday through Saturday, 10am  5pm
  • Sunday, 1pm  4pm
  • Animals are put to bed at half an hour before closing.
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2017