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Graduate student Heather Martin has completed part of her Master's Thesis - an online collections database featuring the North American basketry at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. Click on the image below to browse the collection.

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Museum Exhibitions and Events

September 22nd 11-3 pm

Celebrate Museum Day: Archaeology Edition

The museum is partnering with Smithsonian Magazine for Museum Day - an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Over 1,250 museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free programming and admission.

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A Day of Free Family Friendly Activities

  • Make a clay projectile point.
  • Piece together broken pottery.
  • Curate an interactive museum  exhibit.
  • Investigate deer bones and learn how archaeologists reconstruct skeletons.

Parents and grandparents can explore the latest exhibit, Reimagining Chico: The Archaeology of Our Neighborhoods, while youngsters dive into projects throughout the gallery.

Museum Day Live poster - The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology is partnering with Smithsonian Magazine for Museum Day - an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Free family fun with arcahoelogy themed crafts and activities on Saturday, September 22 from 11- 3 pm at the museum.


Reimaging Chico: The Archaeology of Our Neighborhoods, opens on Wednesday, September 5th from 4:30-6 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: September 5 - Decemeber 8, 2018

Ever wonder about the life and times of people in your hometown 100 years ago? This fall the Valene L Smith Museum of Anthropology on Chico State campus will uncover untold local and global histories.  In an exhibition that explores Chico neighborhoods through the artifacts found on archaeological digs, visitors are invited into a world almost unrecognizable today.  Read the Chico News and Review interview with student curator, Jennifer Rogerson Jennings.

Learn more about the exhibit.

poster for Reimagining Chico: The Archaeology of Our Neighborhoods.

The museum offers free customized school and public tours to all of their exhibitions. 

Call 530-898-5397 to book your free tour today!


Imprisoned at Home will be open to the public through Septmeber 22th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Poster for Imprisoned at Home exhibit shows images of Tule Lake incarceration camp and says Persist Insist Resist

The Imprisoned at Home exhibition immerses visitors in the Incarceration Camps of WWII.  A few short weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Japanese and Americans of Japanese descent were forcibly taken from their homes to “War Relocation Centers” from California to Arkansas. Opening with a powerful panel of anti-Japanese propaganda posters, the exhibition brings visitors into the war-time hysteria that led to the signing of Executive Order 9066 by FDR...click here to learn more.

The museum held a 5-part speaker series in conjunction with the Imprisoned at Home exhibit this spring.  Click here to watch videos from the series. 

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

Museum Hours

Beginning September 6th

Tuesday-Saturday

11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Our Location

The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, across from the main library entrance.

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Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400

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anthromuseum@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-5397

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