Museum Exhibitions and Events

Film Festival - November 6, 2016

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the museum at 898-5397. 

poster for In Focus Film Festival - films and times, picture of a projector.

Be inspired by local and global stories of humanity in 3 films created by students and faculty at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology at CSU, Chico.   Hear from the film’s creators in a special Q & A session after each film.

The event will feature three films:

Emmy Award winning film in the category of historical/cultural programs in Northern California, Impact of the Frolic: A Shipwreck that Transcends the World, explores the mystery of Chinese artifacts discovered at a Native American site in Mendocino County and their connection to an 1850 shipwreck.  Dr. Georgia Fox, CSU Chico anthropology professor and film producer will answer questions.

Stories in Thread: A Tapestry of Hmong Identity, was created by students in partnership with local Hmong communities on campus and off, for the museum’s forthcoming exhibition Hmong Reflections: Stories of Their Own, which opens in December.  Dr. William Nitzky, CSU Chico anthropology professor and student film maker Tamara Maxey will answer questions. 

Illusions in Stone: The Global Story of the Emerald Trade, tells the global story of the emerald trade, a story of hope, faith, danger and desire filled with righteous thieves, reckless illegal miners, and religious scholars in an underground business.  Dr. Brian Brazeal, CSU Chico anthropology professor and film director will answer questions.

 The schedule for the event is as follows:

3:30 – 4:00pm

Impact of the Frolic

4:05 – 4:20pm


4:20 – 4:50pm

Stories in Thread

4:55 – 5:10pm


5:10 – 6:10pm

Illusions in Stone

6:15 – 6:30pm


Tickets to the event includes beverage and popcorn. Guests have a choice between a $5 fee to view any one of the films or a $10 fee to view all three. The event starts at 3:30 and goes until 6:30 in the evening. Guests can purchase their tickets in advance by calling the museum at 898-5397 or at the door.

To learn more about the award winning films of ALVA click here

Explore the Museum's Collection

Graduate student Bella Quijano has completed part of her Master's Thesis - an online exhibition featuring 3D images of the museum's collection of hats from around the world!  Click on the poster image below to see the museum's first ever online exhibit, Hats, Caps and Headdresses: Headpieces from around the World

Be sure to fill out the survey at the end of the exhibit.  Your feedback will help Bella compile data for her thesis! 

Image of a hat from Borneo and the title of the online exhibit, Hats, Caps and Headdresses: Headpieces from Aroudn the World.

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.


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Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

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Tuesday–Saturday 11-3

Monday-Thursday 11-3

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Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.

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


Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400

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