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

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


Hours and Admission


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 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 small gift bag with 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 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 visiting Gateway are responsible for all normal parking fees and requirements.