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Chico Museum

History of Chico for the education and enjoyment of the community.

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  • 100 Years of Chico History

    1860 – 1960
    Photographs from the John Nopel Collection with those from the private collection of Chico Museum Steering Committee member and historian Randy Taylor.

Preserving the Past for the Future.

Housed in the historic Andrew Carnegie library and immediately adjacent to the California State University, Chico campus, the Chico Museum has provided the greater Chico community with memorable exhibits for over 27 years. 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 Patrick Galleries have hosted more than 100 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 to regional agriculture. Two permanent displays, a topographic map of Northern California and a timeline covering the period 1830 through 2000 are available for viewing in the McIntyre Gallery.