Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Palo Alto

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Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo is located in Palo Alto, California and part of the City of Palo Alto's Community Services Department (CSD). It was founded in 1934 by Josephine O’Hara in the basement of a local elementary school. The small zoo holds approximately 200 species of mostly indigenous wildlife such as bobcats, raccoons, hedgehogs, ducks, bats, snakes and more. The museum has an interactive scientific exhibition that is changed every few years. They offer science classes to local students, over 14,000 students a year.
In December 2017, Palo Alto's City Council unanimously approved plans for a $25 million reconstruction project. The museum is expected to re-open to the public in 2020.
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  • Think of it as a small children's museum and a small zoo combined into one location. Our (almost 3 yr old) son had a blast here. We got there right when they opened on a weekday, and it gets... 
    Think of it as a small children's museum and a small zoo combined into one location. Our (almost 3 yr old) son had a blast here. We got there right when they opened on a weekday, and it gets...  more »
  • Good for relaxing walk by yourself or with the family, where you can see and learn about different local plants, inhale deeply feeling fresh air, step into the building and then go out to explore... 
    Good for relaxing walk by yourself or with the family, where you can see and learn about different local plants, inhale deeply feeling fresh air, step into the building and then go out to explore...  more »
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  • Nice zoo& museum to spend half day with your little ones! We came around 10:20am and were able to feed the flamingos after waiting just ~10 min in the line. Animals are so cute! Lots of fun in the scientific museum too! Can enter immediate without waiting if you reserve tickets before visiting.
  • A friend got us tickets to check the place out and we loved it! Would recommend if you’re looking for a place to keep your kid entertained for 2-3 hours. The museum was filled with experiments and activities that kept children intrigued and occupied. The zoo outside was awesome too.

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