Museum Exhibitions and Events

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The museum will be participating in this year's Museum Stroll on May 6th and 7th.  Hope to see you then!  The museum will be closed May 8th.

Now Showing - Fired Earth: Beauty and Tradition in Asian Ceramics

Poster for Fired Earth Exhibit

January - July 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.

Museum Receives Statewide Education Award

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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. 

The museum-in-the-classroom program challenges sixth graders in Chico to design an all-school museum exhibition based on their history and social studies. Once the exhibition is installed, the students become docents to lower grades, gaining competence in all of the class’s research, not just their own. Developed by the museum’s education curator, Adrienne Scott, and Hooker Oak teacher Denise Findlay, the program exposes students to decisions curators make and helps them understand history as an interpretive act.  Read More... 

Night At the Museum -Friday May 6th 

As the doors of the museum close to the public, and the last rays of sunlight fade, the museum's night-time adventure here to learn more about this year's adventures!

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What do CSI, Star Wars, Kung Fu Panda and Medival Madness have in common?  Find out this summer!  Click here to see museum summer camp 2016 schedule.  Click here for the Summer Camp Registration Form.

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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

Click here to view our Fall 2015 Museum Newsletter.

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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

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Phone: 530-898-5397

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