Museum Exhibitions and Events
MUSEUM ADVENTURE - Saturday, April 29
The museum is participating with the Chico Area Museum Alliance for the MUSUEM ADVENTURE!
Bring the family and enjoy free make and take projects between 11-3 pm.
Night at the Museum is May 5th
Call 898-5397 to reserve a spot!
Summer Camp Registration for Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology begins April 14, 2017!
Travel the globe to enter epic time periods. Come explore where history and fantasy connect with games, art, and science. See the world through the lens of anthropology!
Click here to see the 2017 Summer Camp Schedule.
Have questions? Give us a call or send a quick email!
Hmong Reflections: Stories of Our Own
January 2017-July 2017
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11-3 pm. Call 898-5397 to schedule a free school tour.
The story of the Hmong is one of survival and transition; it is a search for freedom. Hmong culture, history, and identity is shaped by a myriad of hardships and triumphs experienced in Laos and Southeast Asia as well as the United States. Through the narratives of multiple generations of Hmong Americans, told from their own perspectives, this exhibition explores the changing lives of the Hmong people. The stories found here are of strength, courage, determination, dignity, and community. They are reflections of the Hmong – thinking back and looking forward.
Exquisite Endeavors: The Valene L. Smith Jewelry Collection
February 14 - July 27, 2017
Take a trip around with world with Valene in the museum's new North Gallery space. The expansion of our museum facility was made possible by a $250,000 gift from Dr. Valene L. Smith. Thanks to her support, CSU, Chico continues to be one of the few universities in the country where museum studies students learn their craft in an on-campus working museum, allowing students to conceive, research, design, and install exhibits. This exhibition honors Dr. Smith's contirbutions and travels and offers a window into the exciting worlds she has explored, written about, and experienced.
Click here for directions to the museum.
Always a Traveller: A Portrait of Dr. Valene Smith
CSU Chico's, Dr. Matthew Stone in the Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management and Museum Studies graduate student, Jackie Coon, recenlty published a journal article in Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism of Hospitality Research, about Dr. Valene Smith titled, Always a Traveller: A Portrait of Dr. Valene Smith.
Click here to read the article!
Explore the Museum's Collection Online
Graduate student Bella Quijano has completed part of her Master's Thesis - an online exhibition featuring 3D images of the museum's collection of hats from around the world! Click on the poster image below to see the museum's first ever online exhibit, Hats, Caps and Headdresses: Headpieces from around the World.
Be sure to fill out the survey at the end of the exhibit. Your feedback will help Bella compile data for her thesis!
January 10, 2017-July 27, 2017 Tuesday-Saturday 11-3
Closed between exhibitions. See exhibition schedule for specific dates.
Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.
The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, next to the Janet Turner Museum
Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400