In the News

June 2022

A photo of the JMZ by Palo Alto Online photographer Magali Gauthier won third-place feature photo in the 2021 California Journalism Awards competition. Read about it here

Top 45 Educational Places to Visit in the Bay Area: Check out #8!

May 2022

Our grand opening celebration, Party in the Park, was a huge success. Read all about it below!

A New Zoo Experience in Silicon Valley by CAW Architects: CAW architects shapes a new, one-of-a-kind experience for children and adults alike that will encourage imaginative exploration at an intimate level. 

April 2022

Voting Opens in Junior Museum & Zoo's Flamingo Naming ContestName these flamingos!

We love Earth Festival attracts hundreds to Flood Park today 

CAW Architects Lets Loose at the Zoo: The firm instills imagination and freedom into its renovation of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.

March 2022

Flamingo Naming Contest at Palo Alto Zoo Lets Public Name BirdPalo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo "Flamingo Naming Contest" runs through Mar. 31

Palo Alto children's zoo reimagined as a whole different animalConstruction recently wrapped on the redesign of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. 

The 14 Best Things To Do In Palo Alto In 2022Palo Alto Junior Museum is #3 on the list.

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo in the Silicon Valley: Design by CAW Architects

The Neighborhood ZooPalo Alto's Neighborhood Zoo climbs to new heights.

December 2021

Palo Alto Junior Museum & ZooCAW Architects as architects.  

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Expands Hours: The museum, which reopened in November following a three-year rebuilding, expanded its visiting hours this week. 

Openings: Let the Games Begin After a 3 year closure, the Junior Museum & Zoo reopened last month on the north side of Rinconada Park.  

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo completes: CAW Architects designed the project. 

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Reopens after a transformation by CAW Architects: The November 12 reopening marked a new era for the beloved Silicon Valley attraction

November 2021

Palo Alto's kiddie zoo just reopened! Here are 8 animals that zookeepers think you shouldn't miss on your first visit back. 

Revamped Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Opens to the Public: The $33 million facility includes an expanded zoo and hands-on science museum for kids  

Insider’s Guide to the New Junior Museum & Zoo: The newly rebuilt and redesigned Junior Museum and Zoo is finally open!  

It’s Back!: Expanded Junior Museum and Zoo to Reopen on November 12 

October 2021 

Junior Museum and Zoo Reopens with New Design: News Clip from ABC7 

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Reopens November 12: The time has finally come to save the date!  

July 2018

Junior Museum and Zoo's New Facility Breaks Ground: Once completed, popular attraction will increase accessibility for those with disabilities.

Palo Alto approves Junior Museum and Zoo expansion: After years of planning and fundraising, project gets green light from City Council.

Junior Museum and Zoo brings science to the classroom: Outreach program from Palo Alto institution targets low-income communities.

Natural development: Junior Museum & Zoo may get major redo: Museum will move temporarily to Cubberley while facility is rebuilt to nearly twice the size by mid-2020

The Peery Foundation and Local Community Raise $25 Million to Build a new Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Junior: 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.

The Social Learning Lab at Stanford University: The Social Learning Lab is interested in how children learn about the world and how they communicate what they now. The lab has been doing research at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo since December 2014.

February 2015

The JMZ Partners with the Packard Foundation: The Junior Museum & Zoo is proud to announce a partnership with the David & Lucile Packard Foundation to better serve children with physical or developmental disabilities.

October 2014

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May 2014

Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) Highlights the JMZ’s “Bill the Science Guy”: Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) writes about the JMZ’s own Bill Gutoff, better known at Addison Elementary as “Bill the Science Guy.” 

Blue Star Museum: The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Announces its Participation in Blue Star Museums

January 2014

A Conversation with Dr. Alison Gopnik: Thoughts for parents from Dr. Alison Gopnik.

November 2013

Gratitude for the Cosmic Miracle of A Newborn Child: Thoughts for parents from Dr. Alison Gopnik.

June 2013

Peery Foundation Help Raise Funds for Junior Museum and Zoo: Matching-gift challenge will help rebuild the museum and zoo.

April 2013

Palo Alto Zookeepers Recall Teaching Moments: Core value of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.

March 2013

Zoo to Debut Weaverbird House Exhibit: Weaverbird House Exhibit project coming to life with the help from our generous supporters.

February 2013

Bald Eagle Spotted in Menlo Park: Sequoia’s adventure. 

Sequoia Returns To Palo Alto Zoo: Watch Sequoia on television.

November 2012

Bald Eagle Plants Herself in Palo Alto: Learn more about Sequoia.