Museum Exhibitions and Events

Museum Day Live:  Dragon Edition - This Saturday!

Join in the Dragon Day Fun!!!


This is a day of free activities at the campus anthropology museum sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine.  Adults can explore the artifacts and history of dragons around the world, while youngsters dive into dragon-themed projects throughout the gallery. 

Everyone is encouraged to bring one of their cherished dragons
from home to display in a temporary community exhibit.  

The fun starts at 11am and goes till 3pm.  At 12:00 families can listen to story time followed by spicy salsa tasting to inspire the fire-breathing dragons from the popular children’s book- Dragons Love Tacos.  Or visitors can cool down with some dragon tea tasting inspired from the children’s book, Dragon Soup.

CLICK HERE to get your free ticket to Museum Day Live: Dragon Edition.  It only takes a minute!
For more information call 530-898-5397!

DRAGONS: Tails of Myth and Meaning

Discover and explore dragons of the world in this student-curated exhibit.  Local collector Bob Benner’s dragon collection inspired the student curators to examine this most ancient human fascination.  Nancy and Rick Ostrom, Maureen Fredrickson, and Valene Smith also contributed dragon artifacts from their many foreign travels. Showstoppers that will engage all visitors, include a Chinese Imperial Dragon Robe, a replica Viking Dragon Boat, and a five-year old’s toy dragon “Toothless.” 

Build a mythical beast, peek into a dragon’s cave, read a dragon tale, or touch a dragon’s claw in an interactive exhibit that will appeal to dragon lovers of all ages.

September 8 - October 8, 2016

Image of a three headed dragon on exhibti poster - includes dates of exhibit as September 8 - October 8.     

Museum Membership

sign that says Road trip!

Museum Receives Statewide Education Award

Adrienne accepting award

Pictured above, Museum Curator, Adrienne Scott, accepting the Superindendent's Award.

California State University, Chico’s Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology has been selected for a 2016 Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education for its museum-in-the-classroom program at Hooker Oak Elementary School. The museum is among six statewide to be recognized. 

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.


Museum News

Click here to view our Summer 2016 Museum Newsletter.

Click here to view our Fall 2015 Museum Newsletter.

Click here to view our Spring 2015 Museum Newsletter.

Click here to view our Fall 2014 Museum Newsletter.

Click here to view our Spring 2014 Museum Newsletter.

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

click to view our facebook page