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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.

North American basketry


Museum Exhibitions and Events

Museum Monster Mayhem
Saturday, October 27, 2018
11am-3pm    $5.00 per child; parents are free. Suitable for ages 3-12

poster for museum monster mayhem a childrens halloween event at the museum on saturday october 27th from 11- 3 pm.  fun activites for children - come in costume!  cost is $5.!

Monsters come out of the shadows to creep around the museum on the Saturday before Halloween.  An array of activities and challenges await those who dare. Join the fun and slightly creepy experiences in the museum gallery prepared by the student curators.  From oozing blobs from outer space to a cauldron boiling over with lizards.  Plus build your own skeleton, design a zombie charm, and tattoos.  Come in costume and bring the whole family for an afternoon of Halloween adventures you won’t soon forget!

The House of Many Gods
Chico’s Historic Chinese Temple

Talk & Tour
Saturday Nov. 3rd, 2018 11—12 pm
Admission Free

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology invites the community to hear a talk on Chico’s historic Chinese temple by Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Keith Johnson. Keith was the Founder of the CSU, Chico Museum of Anthropology and has conducted research on the Chinese community that was prominent in the mid-late 1800s in our area. The talk will take place at 11:00 am in the current exhibit, Reimagining Chico: The Archaeology of Our Neighborhoods, which has a section on Chico’s Chinatown.

At 11:30 am visitors will walk Downtown to the Chico Museum to see the temple altar on display! Come learn about the Chinese cultural chapter of Chico’s history and participate in the cooperative lecture and tour between two Chico museums.  

in focus film festival poster to be held on November 11th from 4-6 pm at the Chico Women's club.  this years theme is water - there will be 2 films and a panel discussion.  free and open to the public.  more info call 898-5397

Learn more about the In Focus Film Festival here.

Exhibition Dates: September 5 - Decemeber 8, 2018

Open Tuesday - Saturday 11-3 pm

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 K-12, university and and public tours. 

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

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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Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Hours

Beginning September 6th


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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