Physical Address:
625 Esplanade
(near  Bidwell Mansion)
Chico CA

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



Become a member to help support Gateway's efforts to inspire the exploration of science and natural history in our region and beyond. Members make a difference!

Member Benefits

  • Unlimited free general admission* to the museum for one year
  • Discounts on special programs
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • 10% discount on museum gift shop items
  • General admission to over 300 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)** partner museums

* Free admission is non-transferable and non-refundable and does not apply to field trips. All adult members must show valid photo ID along with membership card for admission to Gateway. All members 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult cardholder. Valid until expiration date shown on membership card.

** To learn more about the reciprocal free admission program at over 300 participating ASTC locations worldwide, visit Membership privileges do not apply to centers within a 90-mile radius of your home museum.  As a result, Turtle Bay Exploration Center does not give membership privileges to members of Gateway Science Museum. CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT A PARTNER CENTER TO CONFIRM PROGRAM RECIPROCITY.

Membership Levels

Family: $60
Membership for two adults and all children age 0-17 in the same household. Four guest passes.

Individual: $30
Membership for one person. Two guest passes.

Student/Senior: $25
Membership for one person. Two guest passes. Valid photo identification required. Senior is age 65+.

To become a member of the Gateway Science Museum, download our Membership Form and send it in or call (530) 898-4121 to purchase with a credit card.

Membership Policies

Please allow 4-6 weeks for membership cards to be processed and mailed. A temporary card will be issued in the interim. 

Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Membership privileges are non-transferable. Be prepared to show valid photo identification upon entrance. Any attempt to transfer or lend your membership card will be viewed as a forfeiture of your membership privileges. 

Free admission does not apply to class field trips.

For Family Memberships, at least one Primary Member must be in attendance and present a valid photo identification.

Primary Members must be age 16 or older and named on a current membership card.

Please call (530) 898-4121 if your address or contact information changes.

Membership privileges are subject to change without notice.

Gateway Science Museum Founding Members

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