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Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Family Programming

Summer Camp at the Museum
(July)

2020 Summer Camp - Event Info & Registration

valene l. smith museum of anthropology virtual summer camp. July 6-16. Please contact the museum for more information.


Travel the world without leaving home. Virtual Summer Camp at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology encourages creative activities to learn about other people, places and time periods throughout the world. Daily adventures with local and international guests, stories, experiments, and art to do at home. For Children Ages 5-11.


World Explorations
(February to May)

World Explorations is a Free Lecture Series sponsored by the museum. Past 2019 events held at the Chico Women's Club in Chico included:

  • World Explorations Talk with John McCormick - Birds, Incas, & Manu: A Birder’s Travelogue in Peru
  • World Explorations Talk with Christine Connerly - Haida Gwaii Is Calling and I Must Go!
  • World Explorations Talk with Robert Jones - Should Chimpanzees Be Considered 'Persons'?

Flyer - World Explorations


Night at the Museum
(April/May)

As the doors of the museum close to the public, and the last rays of sunlight fade, the museum’s night-time adventure begins. Night at the Museum is a rare opportunity for 35 children, ages 5-11, to spend time after hours surrounded by museum exhibits and hands-on projects.

Under the expert care of the museum curator and CSU, Chico student counselors, children will delve into new topics related to museum exhibitions. The admission price includes a dinner of pizza, fruit, veggies, juice, and treats.

Spots fill up early; it is suggested you register by the first week in April.

Flyer - Night at Museum