Museum Exhibitions and Events

New Exhibit Documents the Tule Lake Incarceration Camp of WWII                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Poster for Imprisoned at Home exhibit shows images of Tule Lake incarceration camp and says Persist Insist Resist

The Imprisoned at Home exhibition immerses visitors in the Incarceration Camps of WWII.  A few short weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Japanese and Americans of Japanese descent were forcibly taken from their homes to “War Relocation Centers” from California to Arkansas. Opening with a powerful panel of anti-Japanese propaganda posters, the exhibition brings visitors into the war-time hysteria that led to the signing of Executive Order 9066 by here to learn more

February 10th is Family Day at the Museum! 

Join us for an afternoon of free family fun - don't forget to wear your costume!

Poster with super heros for family day - super hero edition

World Explorations Lecture Series- February 11, 2018

flyer for World Explroations featuring Dr. Ina - images of her as a child in Tule incarceration camp and current photo

Dr. Satsuki Ina, born in the maximum security Tule Lake Segregation Center during WWII, will share her family story with photos and narratives from her upcoming book, The Poet and the Silk Girl: Love and Protest in an American Concentration Camp on Sunday, February 11th, from 4-5 pm, at the Chico Women’s Club.  Click here to learn more...

Five Week Film and Lecture Series - Free and Open to the Public

poster for film and lecture series - reflections on civil liberties

Join Us for the Grand Opening on February 14th from 4:30-6 pm

Poster for Sacred Splendor exhibit shows a russian icon with madonna and child.

Sacred Splendor offers a glimpse into the expansive and rich collections of Judith E. Hilburg, an avid collector of all things art, culture, and natural history. Mrs. Hilburg’s collections are the summation of over 50 years’ worth of collecting. Her fascination with sacred objects has resulted in a diverse collection of Christian icons that span both time and space. Judith E. Hilburg is survived by her two daughters, Linda Barker and Lore Hilburg, who have generously loaned the icons for display. Click here to learn more...

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Grow With Us!

Photo of Valene, President Gayle Hutchinson, Dean Eddie Vela, Director Georgia Fox, Curator Adrienne Scott, and students at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the museum expansion

If you haven't already heard the good news, the museum has expanded - thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Valene Smith.  The additional gallery space became available when The Turner Print Museum moved to the new HFA Building on campus. The expansion allows the museum to have 3 annual exhibits per year and provide museum studies students with more hands-on learning opportunities.

Join our museum family and help us continue to bring unique and engaging programming to the North State. 

Click here to learn about all the great things happening at the museum in our Summer 2017 Museum Newsletter.

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

Image of a hat from Borneo and the title of the online exhibit, Hats, Caps and Headdresses: Headpieces from Aroudn the World.

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Hours

September 6-December 20, 2017


11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Closed between exhibitions.  See exhibition schedule for specific dates.

Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.

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The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, across from the main library entrance.

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Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400

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