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 17 through May 10, 2015, Gateway's operating hours will be:

Wednesday through Sunday:  OPEN noon to 5pm

Monday, Tuesday:  CLOSED

Gateway will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 5, 2015.


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 groups of 15 to 30 individuals with discounted entry rates. Group must arrive together to take advantage of group rates. Individuals arriving after the group will be charged full price. If your group is larger than 30, please contact us. The following rates are for groups of 15 – 30 people:

Adults (18 and older): $3 each
Children (3 - 17 years) and students with valid ID: $2

Group Tours

A 30-minute guided tour for groups of 15 – 30 people is available for a fee of $30, in addition to applicable entrance fees. Maximum group size is 30 people. Reservations AND PAYMENT IN FULL are required at least one week in advance.

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 includes a dedicated docent to guide your group through the gallery exhibits, a hands-on  activity for your group in the Investigation Station, and a small gift bag for each child. Extra adults are welcome with paid admission. Cost is $150.

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.  

Reservations are subject to availability AND PAYMENT IN FULL is required at least one week in advance. Birthday parties are not available on Saturdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Click here for hands-on activities available for birthday parties.

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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  • Enter your start address
  • Click "Get Directions"

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


Click here for a helpful parking map. 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. The kiosk does NOT give change.
  2. Place parking receipt face up on dashboard of vehicle.
  3. Register the vehicle in the museum store to ensure a parking citation is not issued.

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.