Participate in Valene's Challenge

Valene in blue shirt

Valene Smith has a vision. The future of education resides in an active, vibrant community that supports museum programs.

Starting Oct 1- Dec 15, 2014 you can  join her quest by sending your gift to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSU Chico, which she will match!

Click here to participate in the Valene Challenge today! 

Friends of the museum play a vital role in carrying forward the tradition and legacy that Valene inspired. Your gifts guarantee the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology will survive as a place of life-long learning, discovery, and engagement in our world.

New Exhibit Opening Soon!

Leaping Lemurs and Mysterious Crimes: On the Trail of Physical Anthropology

December 9, 2014- July 23, 2015

 Exhibit Poster with skull image and Lucy Bones

Our upcoming exhibit will explore the human journey from our African roots to modern humans through the eyes of physical anthropology.   From ancient fossil remains and changes seen in the human skeleton over millennia, plus recent developments in DNA  research, and the evolutionary developments in human and on-human primates,  the painstaking work of anthropologists comes to life, helping us better understand our human past.  That’s not all.  Do you like the television shows CSI or Bones?   See how forensic anthropologists really work as our exhibit showcases a mock crime scene investigation, all part of the life of physical anthropologists working in the 21st century.

A Pledged Bequest

California State University, Chico has received a testamentary bequest from emeritus faculty member Dr. Valene L. Smith to benefit the University’s Anthropology program and its Museum of Anthropology.


Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Hours

Tuesday–Saturday 11-3

Monday-Thursday 11-3

Closed between exhibitions.  See exhibition schedule for specific dates.

Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.

Our Location

The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, next to the Janet Turner Museum


Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400

Contact Us
Phone: 530-898-5397

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