Summer Camp at the Museum

Summer Camp at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology encourages creative activities to learn about other people, places and time periods throughout the world. Using hands-on activities, like drama, science, music, cooking, and art, children will travel the world, learning about people and cultures. For Children Ages 5-11. 

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Creativity, friendship and fun at summer camp!

Children and instructor gather around a sink.

Hogwarts Potions Academy makes chemistry magical.


Summer Camp Registration for Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology begins April 14, 2017! 

Scan and email us your registration forms.  Call in your payment or send a check.  

Brand new themes for a half day schedule. Designed for ages 5-11. 

Fun begins July 5th

Price Per Session: 

Monday -Thursdays Half Day (from 8:30 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m.). The price is $100 a week, except Week I which is $50.

2017 Camp Schedule

Travel the globe to enter epic time periods. Come explore where history and fantasy connect with games, art, and science. See the world through the lens of anthropology!

Week I   All about Pirates: July 5 & 6 - $50 (half week)
Ahoy Mates! Join the pirate crew for 2 days of hijinks and mayhem beyond the seven seas. Don’t miss this legendary adventure complete with hidden treasure.  Seadogs and scallywags welcome.

Week II  Mummies & Mysteries July 10 - 13
Step back in time to the world of ancient Egypt.  What was daily life like? Find out how the pyramids were built, send secret messages in hieroglyphics, and discover the lost art of mummy wrapping. Participate in a wax museum of Pharaohs and Deities.

Week III Fantastic Beasts: July 17- 20
 J.K. Rowling’s Newt Scamander, completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Meet some beasts in Scamander’s suitcase plus dragons, trolls, nifflers and unicorns. And do you know your patronus? Never fear, this camp can help. 

Week IV  Adventures in Archaeology: July 24 - 27
Learn the techniques of archaeologists to investigate past cultures and lifeways on every continent. Reconstruct pottery, make arrowheads and cave paintings. Dig into ice & sunken ships too.


Click here for the summer 2017 registration form. 

Make checks payable to:  CSUC Research Foundation  

Come to the museum to pay or mail to:  Museum of Anthropology CSU, Chico, CA 95929-0400        

Refund Policy: Refunds are granted with 10 day advance notice or family emergency.  Please notify camp director.


Have questions? Give us a call or send a quick email!
Phone: 530-898-5397    


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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