Through a generous donation of $1,300 by the Soroptimists of America, International, the museum is able to offer a new outreach program called Museum-In-A-Box. This new program is a lending library of artifacts, curriculum, hands-on projects, and books for elementary schools that, for reasons of distance or budget restraints, cannot make it to the museum for a regular field trip. Teachers can check out these boxes for several weeks at a time to use as valuable additions to ordinary class instruction.

Box 1:
Behind the Mask:
Looking into the Human Story
Box 2:
Early Humans
This box includes 10 mask replicas from around the world that students can touch and observe, teacher directed curriculum, hands-on lessons, several books on native peoples, and plays for classes to act out from different cultures. This box is designed to go along with the California standards for sixth grade education. The box includes hands-on curriculum to delve into the real world of physical anthropologists. Students discover the tools and techniques for learning about early humans. Skull replicas of Australopithicines ("Lucy"), Homo erectus, Neanderthals, and modern humans are included for classroom use.

Three girls show the masks they decorated.Students at Chico Country Day discover the art of mask-making.

Two boys hold fossils.Teachers may call and set up a reservation for these popular programs, call 530-898-5397.

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Summer Hours

June -August 2nd, 2018


11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Closed to Public August 6-19, 2018

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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