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

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


Visiting Information


From January 18, 2014 through May 11, 2014, Gateway's operating hours will be:

Wednesday through Sunday:  OPEN noon to 5pm

Monday, Tuesday:  CLOSED

Gateway will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Gateway will be CLOSED from May 12, 2014 through May 23, 2014 and reopen on Saturday, May 24, 2014. 


Members: FREE
Adults (18 and older): $6
Children (3 - 17 years) and students with valid ID: $3
Children (2 and under): FREE


Gateway Science Museum welcomes Group Visits! The museum is pleased to offer the following rates and options for non-school groups of 15 – 30 people.  Groups of more than 30 will be split into multiple groups. Reservations AND PAYMENT IN FULL are required at least one week in advance.

$3 for Adults, $2 for children 12 and under. One adult for every 5 children is required for all group visits.

Group Tours

A 30-minute guided tour for groups of 15 – 20 people is available with a group rate reservation for an additional fee of $30. Maximum group size is 20 people.

Gateway Science Museum is a great destination for children's birthday parties.

For groups of up to 12 children (aged 12 and under) and a minimum of 3 (maximum of 4) adult chaperones, a 2-hour Gateway party would include a docent tour guide through the gallery exhibits, a hands-on science activity for your group in the Education Station, and a small gift bag for each child. While there is no food or drink allowed in the museum, parties are welcome to use the tables in the back garden or the amphitheater to gather and have snacks. Downtown restaurants and Children's Park are also within easy walking distance. Extra adults are welcome with paid admission. Cost: $150. Reservations are subject to availability AND PAYMENT IN FULL is required at least one week in advance.

For reservations and more information, please email or call 898-4121.

Groups and parties visiting Gateway are responsible for all normal parking fees and requirements.


The physical address of the museum is
625 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95929-0545

To get directions to the museum
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These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route. Map data ©2011, Google


On weekdays that Gateway is open (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), the parking spaces closest to the museum building are reserved for museum visitors ONLY. To park in the museum lot on one of these days, visitors must:

  1. Purchase a parking permit for their time at Gateway at the self-service ticket kiosk near the museum entrance. Permits are $1 per hour or $5 for all day and may be purchased with coin, cash or credit. Please read directions on the kiosk carefully.
  2. Place parking receipt face up on dashboard of vehicle.
  3. Register the vehicle in the museum store to ensure they do not receive a parking citation.

Parking in these spots without following these steps may result in a citation.

On the weekends that the museum is open parking is free and more available. Parking spaces in the museum lot, as well as the campus lot behind the museum near the Aymer J. Hamilton building, are available for parking for free. Parking in campus lots is not restricted on weekends or official state holidays.

Additional parking is available on the streets around downtown at meters.

Please do not park at the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park when coming to the museum. Parking in their lot may result in a citation. Also know that many of the residential streets around the immediate area of the museum do not allow public parking.

Additional information about parking on campus can be found here.