Museums

Bidwell Mansion
525 Esplanade
(530) 895-6144
Hours: Mondays 12-4p.m., Saturdays & Sundays 11a.m.-4p.m.
Cost: Ages 18 and up $6, Ages 5-17 $3; Ages 4 & under Free
Explore the mansion that John Bidwell, founder of Chico, built for his wife in 1868. This restored three-story home is now a state park with hourly guided tours.
Visit the Bidwell Mansion online and on Facebook!

Gateway Science Museum
625 Esplanade
(530)898-4121
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 12-5p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10a.m.-5p.m.
Cost: Adults $5, Children $3, Members FREE
Our newest museum in town, Gateway Science Museum opened their doors in March 2010 to eager viewers. The Gateway Science Museum encourages curious minds of all ages to discover science and the natural heritage of Northern California by exploring the museum’s diverse collection of exhibits.

Stansbury Home
307 W. Fifth Street
(530) 895-3848
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-4p.m.
Cost: Adults $2, Students $1, Children 10 & under FREE
Treat yourself to a guided tour of this beautiful 1883 Victorian home. Packed with local history and stories about the Stansbury Family, this symbol of Victorian heritage offers visitors a taste of Chico's history.

Chico Museum
141 Salem Street
(530) 891-4336
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-4p.m.
Cost: Adults: $3, Students: $2, Seniors: $2, 14 & Under: Free  
The museum, which is housed in the 1904 Carnegie Library, offers visitors both permanent and alternating exhibits of historical interest. Displays often include local artifacts and photos.

Chico Air Museum
147 Convair Court
(530) 345-6468
Hours: Saturday 10a.m.-4p.m.
Cost: Admission is free
Located at the Chico Airport just south of the terminal. This museum features an indoor museum with displays, rare photographs, aviation library, aircrafts on display, school tours and activities, aviation speaker's program and a gift shop!

National Yo-Yo Museum
320 Broadway (located inside Bird in Hand)
(530) 893-1414
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-5:30p.m. & Sunday 11a.m.-4p.m.
Cost: Admission is free
Explore the area's premier display of America's favorite toy. Thousands of items are on display including past contest awards and nostalgic photos.

Museum of Anthropology
First Floor Meriam Library CSU, Chico
(530) 898-5397
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free (donations welcomed)
The Museum of Anthropology functions as a multifaceted educational facility for students in the Museum Studies Program. The Museum Studies Program at CSU Chico is one of the few museology programs in the United States, where students conceive, research, design, and install exhibits as part of their formal training, as well as gain hands-on courses in museum collections management and other areas of museology.

Colman Museum/Centerville School House
13548 Centerville Road
(530) 893-9667
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-4p.m.
Cost: Admission is free (donations welcomed)
Explore Civil War memorabilia, Chinese artifacts, 1800's clothing, antique tools and more! Make sure to visit the one-room school house build in 1872.

Patrick Ranch Museum
10381 The Midway, Durham
(530) 891-4336
Hours: Open every Saturday through November 1st 12-4p.m.
Cost: $2  
The Patrick Ranch is Chico's newest historical attraction, reflecting the agricultural, cultural, social, and economic history of the North Sacramento Valley. Experience natural history tours, farm house tours, digital camera lessons, antique equipment, visitor center, museum store, children's activities and more!

Butte County Historical Society Museum
1749 Spencer Avenue (at Baldwin), Oroville, CA
(530) 533-9418
Hours: Saturdays 11a.m.-3p.m. and by appointment  
The BCHS Museum tells the stories of the lives of people in Butte County from the early mining days to the present time.