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

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


Hours and Admission


Don't miss the final showing of Grossology. Visit us during the CAMA Museum Stroll, May 6 - 8, 2016, and receive a group rate admission of $4 per person! Memebers and children 2 and under are free.


From January 16 through May 8, 2016, Gateway's operation hours will be:

Wednesday through Sunday:  OPEN noon to 5pm

Monday, Tuesday:  CLOSED


Gateway will be CLOSED May 9 through May 27, 2016 for exhbit installation.


Members: FREE
Adults (18 and older): $7
Children (3 - 17 years) and students with valid ID: $5
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 to 30 people:

Adults (18 and older): $4
Children (3 - 17 years) and students with valid ID: $4
Children (2 and under): Free

Group Tours

A 30-minute guided tour for groups of 15 to 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 visiting Gateway are responsible for all normal parking fees and requirements.