Housed in the historic Andrew Carnegie Library located in the heart of vibrant downtown Chico, and immediately adjacent to the California State University campus, Chico Museum has provided the greater Chico community with memorable exhibits since 1986. Since its opening, the museum has served as a classroom for thousands of area children as well as a reflective resource for adults seeking knowledge of all things Chico.

The museum’s Carnegie and McIntyre Galleries have hosted extensive exhibits celebrating the distinct heritage of Chico and its sphere of influence. Exhibits change throughout the year and offer a wide variety of topics ranging from the history of Chico Through Time. Permanent displays, include the Chinese Temple, a topographic map of Northern California, and the  Native American Exhibit.

In 2018, Chico History Museum became an independent steward of the Museum. Visit and take a look at the new and exciting changes being made!

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Autumn kicks off our membership campaign. It is our goal to reach at least 1,000 members this year. As a member of the Chico History Museum, we offer a multitude of benefits that we think you’ll enjoy. Not a member yet?


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Field trips expand individuals' learning through active hands-on experience with the rich resources of the local community. Field trips increase people's knowledge and understanding of a subject and add realism to the topic of study. Read more

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