Museum Exhibitions and Events

Hmong Reflections

Open December 13 - 16, 2016 & January 5 -July 27, 2017

Story cloth poster for Hmong REflections exhibition.

You're Invited!


Discover six ways to bring planetary joy and a little bit of sanity to the Holiday Season.

Join us for a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping this year.  Drop in to the museum on December 14 and 15 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to enjoy goodies, holiday ambience, Fair Trade gift ideas, and a brand new exhibition!  Join our student elves for the magic of museums at this time of year and discover the six ways we are bringing a little joy to the world.

#1 Stop by the Museum for hot cider, cookies and tours of the new exhibit.

#2 Shop at museum’s 2 day World Bazaar of Fair Trade gifts from Thailand, Nepal, Bali, Guatemala and Peru

#3 Give a Sustainable Experiential gift this Christmas- ROAM Museum National Membership – free admission to 250 museums for family near and far or for yourself!

#4 Bring your gently used purses for Purses 4 Primates – a local non-profit that raises awareness and funds to help orphaned Orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra. 

#5 After School craft time 3-5pm both days

#6 Eat for Change at Chipotle- Dec 14 50% of your meal cost contributes to museum

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

Be sure to fill out the survey at the end of the exhibit.  Your feedback will help Bella compile data for her thesis! 

Image of a hat from Borneo and the title of the online exhibit, Hats, Caps and Headdresses: Headpieces from Aroudn the World.

A Pledged Bequest

California State University, Chico has received a testamentary bequest from emeritus faculty member Dr. Valene L. Smith to benefit the University’s Anthropology program and its Museum of Anthropology.


Museum News

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Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Hours

January 10, 2017-July 27, 2017 Tuesday-Saturday 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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