Current Exhibition

Into the Blue: Maritime Navigation and the Archaeology of Shipwrecks

The underwater world of shipwreck archaeology dives into nautical secrets of the Frolic, a ship which sank off the Coast of Mendocino during the Goldrush in 1850. Come explore the history of maritime navigation in the museum's upcoming full scale exhibition, Into the Blue: Maritime Navigation and the Archaeology of Shipwrecks.  The exhibit will feature authentic artifacts recovered from the Frolic on loan from the Mendocino County Museum.   Artifacts from Bob Benner's world-class collection of historical navigation instruments will also be on display.  These include an astrolabe, a Polynesian navigation chart, a ship's chronometer and a sextant.  Seafaring explorers of all ages will enjoy this dynamic and interactive exhibit.  

The exhibition will be open to the public December 10-20, 2013 & January 7 - July 24, 2014

Click here to read about our new exhibit in the Chico Enterprise-Record.

Upcoming Events

Summer Camp 2014 - The Fun Begins!  Registration starts April 1, 2014. 

Camp will be June 30th through July 24th, Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

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Click here for the full schedule. 

Summer Camp 2014 Poster - Giraffe, Volcano, Ship

Fall Exhibition- September 11- October 11

Material Culture: Wearing the Art of Chikoko

image of Chikoko designers wearing clown outfits

This fall, our annual student curated exhibit will spotlight Chikoko, a local fashion and performance collective.  For ten years this creative group has brought their innovative and dynamic artistry to the community.  Come see their unique designs that range from political to playful Septmeber 11 - October 11 at the museum.



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.


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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