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625 Esplanade
(near  Bidwell Mansion)
Chico CA

Mailing Address:
College of Natural Sci.
CSU, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0545


Current Exhibits

Thank you to our generous 2014 Annual Sponsors.



Era of Innovation: Past and Present will be on display in the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery through Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Created in collaboration with Enloe Medical Center, this exhibit guides visitors through more than a century of health care practices and innovations in Northern California. The exhibit features historical images and equipment, including a doctor’s bag and horse-drawn buggy used by Dr. Newton Thomas Enloe, founder of Enloe Hospital in 1913. It also highlights best practices in health care today. 

Enloe buggy

The Enloe family buggy, gifted to Enloe Medical Center and restored in 2007. Photo courtesy of Enloe Medical Center.


diatom  DNA and virus

Explore Evolution investigates evolutionary principles in organisms ranging from the smallest to the largest. The project focuses on seven research projects that have made a major contribution to our understanding of evolution. This interactive exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to experience how scientists conduct research on evolution. This exhibit features the work of the following scientists:

Charles Wood on the rapid evolution of HIV.

Sherilyn Fritz and Edward Theriot on the emergence of a new diatom species in the fossil record.

Cameron Currie on farmer ants and their coevolving partners.

Kenneth Kaneshiro on selective mating among Hawaiian flies.

Rosemary and Peter Grant on Galápagos finches.

Svante Pääbo and Henrik Kaessmann on the genetic ties between humans and chimps.

Philip Gingerich on fossil discoveries of walking whales.

Resources about evolution can be found here.

Explore Evolution was developed by Judy Diamond Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska State museum with the Science Museum of Minnesota. Carl Zimmer wrote the exhibit text. Angie Fox provided scientific illustrations and design assistance. This exhibit is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0229294 (Diamond, PI). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This copy of the Explore Evolution Exhibit is being traveled by the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the University of Oklahoma.

Explore Evolution will be on display through Sunday, August 31, 2014.