Current Exhibitions

Poster for Valene Smith's exhibition

Springing forth from the depression era, a period of American history in which women’s careers were typically limited to the home, hospital, or school house, anthropologist Valene Smith was navigating the globe via plane, train, boat, and car. From the caves of France to the bazaars of India, this former Chico State professor was not only exploring the world but also charting out the unknown territories of Tourism Anthropology. In our new exhibit, the amazing story of this local travel and tourism pioneer will be brought to life through photos, videos, and an array of her own worldly artifacts. Learn about the remarkable life of Valene Smith this fall at our annual student-curated exhibit and spark your wanderlust.   

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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