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625 Esplanade
(near Bidwell Mansion)
Chico, California


OPEN 12pm to 5pm
Wednesday - Sunday

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Exhibits

The Glenn E. and Ruth Gray Cunningham Memorial Exhibit – The Foothills

Foothills Exhibit logo

Coming to the Gateway Gardens in early 2019!

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 arifoil, 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, operate an authentic canal lock system to move a boat from one water level to the next, 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 Inspriration

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 created and toured by Paly Foundation.