Museum Exhibitions and Events

In Focus Film Festival - November 5th 3:30-6:30 at the Chico Women's Club

Be inspired by local and global stories of humanity in three films created by students, staff and faculty at the Emmy Award Winning Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA) at CSU, Chico.  Hear from the film’s creators in a special Q & A session after each film.  $5 Suggested Donation. 

image of an old film projector with information about the In Focus Film Festival

3:30 – 4:00pm

Putting On Face

4:05 – 4:20pm


4:20 – 4:50pm

A Bright Idea

4:55 – 5:10pm


5:10 – 5:40pm

Mr. Tanimoto’s Journey

5:45 – 6:00pm


Shadow and Water: Puppets of Indonesia and Vietnam - September 6 - December 20, 2017

  poster with shadow and water puppets for Shadow and Water exhibit.

Open Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 3 pm

Puppetry traditions of Asia provide a window to view society and culture. Noble princes and princesses, gods and demons, clowns and village characters cast shadows across the Indonesian stage, while Vietnamese puppets move along the water capturing the heart of rural life and familiar folktales. Both traditions come to life through the Rick and Nancy Ostrom Puppet Collection, which is on loan to the museum.

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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.

Our Location

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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Phone: 530-898-5397

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