Museum Exhibitions and Events

Poster for Valene Smith's exhibition

Before and after the Second World War, when women were typically limited to the home, hospital, or schoolhouse, anthropologist Valene Smith was navigating the globe via plane, train, boat, and automobile. From the caves of France to the bazaars of India, this Chico State emeritus professor was not only exploring the world, but also charting out the unknown territories of Tourism Anthropology. Much of the exhibition content is based on the recent publication of her autobiography, Stereopticon: Entry to a Life of Travel and Tourism Research (2015).

Spark your wanderlust, while learning about the remarkable life of Dr. Valene Smith at the annual student-curated show!  The exhibit will close October 10, 2015.

Saturdays with Valene

Valene will be our special guest at the museum on September 26th, October 3rd and October 10th from 11-1 pm.  Get a personalized tour of of the exhibit, a signed copy of her new book, or chat with her about your travel plans! 

To see posts from the exhibit and learn where museum visitors want to travel, click on one of the links below to view our exhibit hashtag feed #FromChicotoChina. 

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World Explorations - This Sunday!

poster for Lynn Haskells talk - holland in spring

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

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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