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Gateway Science Museum

Current Exhibits

Fossils Lab

Fossil fans and would-be fans will be awed! Gateway's Demo Lab has been taken over by Chico State GEOS Department as expert paleontologists and fossil scientists in training work on actual finds from the field. Watch live fossil preparation and chat with our Scientists in Residence, Fridays & Saturdays from 12-3pm.

Learn more about these exciting fossil finds and how you can pursue a career in paleontology on the Chico State GEOS website!(opens in new window)

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Blue Dot Ep. 217 Presented by NSPR

A Conversation with Russel Shapiro

Dave talks to Russell Shapiro, a geology professor at California State University at Chico. Dr. Shapiro has a fascinating array of interests and adventures from seeking evidence for ancient life on Earth to helping NASA craft science goals searching for evidence of ancient life on Mars.

Shapiro is also a seasoned paleontologist who regularly works in the field and recently helped uncover one of the great fossil finds in California history, unearthing Miocene period mammals that dominated the California landscape sometime between 5 and 20 million years ago.

welcome to the tinkers space at Gateway Science Musem
This summer the North Gallery at Gateway will transform into the Tinker Space! Featuring a collection of STEM related activities to engage curious minds.

Step out into the garden this summer! 

Gateway’s "Native Plant Pollinator Garden," designed and constructed in 2013 in collaboration with CSU, Chico Associated Students Sustainability interns and the Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society in Chico, is home to more than 40 plants native to Northern California. These plants were chosen to provide food in the form of pollen, nectar and larval foliage for a wide variety of pollinators – bees, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles & birds. At any one time throughout the year, the garden will have between 3 and 5 different kinds of plants in bloom. Featuring The Foothills exhibit, highlighting four distinct eco-regions of Northern California's foothills environment. Learn more.(opens in new window)



Enter The Space Space to explore the universe through the interactive Magic Globe, kid-friendly activities, the outer space library and a celestial soundscape. 

Student Research Posters

Gateway will be hosting research posters by students of the College of Natural Sciences. This year’s topics include fire resilience strategies, teaching climate change and outcomes from a student-led blood drive. 

Gateway is honored by this opportunity to showcase undergraduate research and related faculty projects. It is our hope that visitors will gain a deeper appreciation for the range of research being done at CSU, Chico and similar institutions nationwide, and that young minds will be inspired.