Museum Exhibitions and Events

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December 9, 2014-December 19, 2014 and January 6 - July 23, 2015

Our current exhibit explores the human journey from our African roots to modern humans through the eyes of physical more

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Calling all anthropology enthusiasts! Join us for a two-day celebration of Valene and her vision to provide a space for learning, engagement and inspiration for visitors of all ages.  Valene was named after the day she was born, Valentine's Day.  Each year we like to celebrate her birthday and her love of anthropology. 

February 13th from 12-1 pm Valene's Annual Birthday Celebration 

Enjoy sweet treats, hot coffee, and a free raffle for a box of Shubert's Chocolates. Come and wish Valene well on her 89th birthday! 

Bonus! Valene will be signing copies of her new book, Stereopticon: Entry to a Life of Travel and Tourism Research.  Be the first to read this autobiography of a life well lived and well traveled. 

Saturday, February 14th from 11-3pm Family Day - Free Admission and Make and Take Projects and Kids Primate Art Exhibit Opening



Explore a World of Ideas at Our World Explorations Lecture Series

All talks are held at the Chico Women's Club and are free and open to the public.

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We have an outstanding line up for the Spring 2015 click here for the schedule!

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 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

Contact Us
Phone: 530-898-5397

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