Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

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The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology trains university students in becoming museum professionals. The museum's mission is to promote respect and appreciation for human diversity through our academic museum studies program within the Department of Anthropology.


The Local Table Poster

Local Table Tickets on Sale!

The Local Table at Wine Time in Chico

April 7th from 4-7 p.m.

Save $5 by ordering your tickets in advance. This year’s menu will feature the flavors of Spain and ticket includes tastes of locally produced wines, brew & cider.

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Altar States Public Reception

March 6th, 4:30-6p.m. at the Museum

Come join us for the public reception of the upcoming exhibit:
 Altar States - Spirit Worlds and Transformational Experiences.

Altar States Reception Event


Current Exhibitions

Reflected images of cheetah or leopard heads


Dad with son exploring museum. Look of amazement on kid's face

Donations & Membership

Every year, the Museum relies on the generosity of friends like you to support educational programs and exhibitions that stimulate, inspire, and build connections.

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