Current Exhibitions

Exhibition poster for the Reimagining Chico: The Archaeology of Our Neighborhoods exhibit.  Photos of old Chico maps, Chico Chinatown and early residents.  Exhibit runs September 5 - December 8, 2018.

In an exhibition that explores Chico neighborhoods through the artifacts found on archaeological digs, visitors are invited into a world almost unrecognizable today. 

Two separate excavations in Chico have yielded historical artifacts that shed light on daily life more than a Century ago. One excavation took place on the Chico State Campus and yielded historic artifacts from boarding houses dating to the early 1900s.  The other excavation will connect visitors with the long abandoned historic Chinatown of Chico.

Visitors can turn their eye towards the present and learn about Chico’s South Campus Neighborhood Project - the award-winning neighborhood improvement planning effort coordinated by the Resilient Cities Initiative at California State University, Chico and the Public Works-Engineering Division at the City of Chico.  Learn how modern anthropological methods captured the perspectives of residents in Chico’s most historic, diversely-used, and dense neighborhood.

Explore Chico’s past and present through interactive archeological activities and maps.  See Chico through the eyes of anthropology in this educational exploration of our community.   

The museum offers free customized school and public tours to all of their exhibitions.  Call 530-898-5397 to book your free tour today!

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Hours

Beginning September 6th


11 a.m.–3 p.m.

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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