Museum Exhibitions and Events

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Fired Earth:
Beauty and Tradition in Asian Ceramics

Opening January 2016

Like a fine pearl, the glaze of a Koryo Dynasty celadon bowl captures the eye and soothes the soul in its beauty, elegance, and simplicity.  For our 2016 major exhibition, we will be featuring the very fine ceramics of the Behrick Pottery Collection, which includes ceramics from China, Japan, and Korea. Come explore with us one of humanity’s most enduring and greatest achievements: the art of ceramic making, fusing objects of great beauty, utility, and tradition.

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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

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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

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