625 Esplanade
(near Bidwell Mansion)
Chico, California


OPEN 12pm to 5pm
Wednesday - Sunday

Calendar of Events

Current Exhibits

From Here to There

This exhibit will be on display in the North Gallery from January 26 through May 12, 2019.

Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on learning about gravity, friction and the laws of motion.

Ride a hovercraft to experience how air pressure works, adjust wind speed to form fabric into an airfoil, and float your sailboat to experiment with the effect of wind, rudder and sail positions. Turn up the heat to launch a colorful hot air balloon, and experiment with pneumatics, pulleys, hydraulics and levers to see what kind of mechanical advantage works best.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center of Rochester, NY and the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY developed From Here to There as part of the Traveling Exhibits At Museums of Science (TEAMS) collaborative. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

This exhibit is sponsored locally by Northgate Aviation Chico Jet Center and Sorenson Moving & Storage.

America's Wolves: From Tragedy to Inspiration

wolf eyes with text America's Wolves: From Tragedy to Inspiration

This exhibit will be on display in the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery from January 26 through May 12, 2019.

Discover America’s wolves – the Red Wolf, the Gray Wolf, the Mexican Wolf and the Eastern Wolf.

The exhibit features content that is educational and thought-provoking.  It encourages interactivity through games, quizzes, and discussion points.  

Wolves are important! Explore how wolves are a benefit to their habitats as apex predators and keystone species.  

Myth Busting. Bust some myths about wolves by taking a “true or false” quiz.

Wolves need our help. Help save our wolves! Engage in a realistic presentation of what it will take to save wolves.

Take action!  Anyone can help save wolves – play a game to learn how!

This exhibit is toured by Paly Foundation.

Beauty & The Beast: California Wildflowers & Climate Change

This exhibit will be on display in the Newberry Gallery beginning May 26, 2018 and running through Summer 2019.

Carson Pass wildflowers

Exquisite photographs of California's wildflowers bring awareness to the beauty of the Golden State - as well as to the dangers facing our natural habitats from climate change. All geographic regions of California are highlighted in this stunning show, from the high alpine "rock gardens" above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Death Valley National Park's below-sea-level environment. 

The exhibit features 7 different sections: Mountains, Coastal, Desert, and Central Valley regions, the power of fire and renewal, a behind-the-scenes look at capturing these images, and an overview of California's geographic regions - those diverse and delicately balanced ecosystems supporting spectacular explosions of nature’s color. Most importantly, these beautiful images address how climate change and other human impacts effect California's wildflowers.

Photo credit: Carson Pass, El Dorado National Forest by Rob Badger and Nita Winter. This exhibition by Rob Badger and Nita Winter originated at the San Francisco Public Library and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.