Address: 1717 Park Ave. Chico CA 95928.   Reservation Line: +530 342 9472




Discover Chico's Unique History

Enjoy the rich history of Chico and surrounding areas. Bring the family, friends, partner or enjoy some alone time and tour the Historic Bidwell Mansion, National Yo Yo Museum, or Oroville's Chinese Temple. There are plenty of places to see and things to do while visiting Chico Ca.

Bidwell Mansion

The Mansion is located at 525 the Esplanade

You can take a tour of the Bidwell Mansion

Mon-Fri, 12-5 and Sat.- Sun.

10-5 Adults are $1.00 and 16 and under are free.


Centerville Coleman Museum

The Centerville Coleman Museum is located at 13548 Centerville Rd. - Chico - (530) 893-9667

Come and explore beautiful Butte Creek Canyon! Drive on Honey Run- and Centerville Road and visit the Covered Bridge, the one-room Schoolhouse, the Centerville Powerhouse, the oldest still-running hydro-powerhouse in California, and the Colman Centerville Memorial Community Museum.


Centerville Creek Nature Center - Living Animal Museum

Located at 1968 East 8th St. - Chico - (530) 891-4671 Closed On Mondays

Living Animal Museum: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm

Howard Tucker Exhibit Hall: Friday - Sunday 11am - 4pm

Bidwell Park was made for exploring and having fun!

Whether you attend a “Creepy Crawlers” workshop, an “Animal Tracks” birthday party or become a “nature detective” on an Animal Discovery Hike, the Chico Creek Nature Center offers kids of all ages a place to interact with nature, discover Bidwell Park’s diverse ecosystem and learn about preserving this natural resource.


Chico Museum

Located at 141 Salem St. - Open April 10th - December 12th Wed. - Sun. 12pm - 4pm

Housed in the former Carnegie Library building in downtown Chico, the Chico Museum has hosted more than 90 exhibits celebrating the distinct heritage of Chico since it opened in February 1986. Exhibits change several times a year and include prestigious traveling exhibits as well as those created by the Museum focusing on local Chico and Butte County history.

PHoto showing Bidwell Mansion in down town chico California.
These ducks have not a care in the world as they gracefully guide across the water at the Chico Creek Nature Center.

Chinese Temple - Oroville

Located at 1500 Broderick St. - Oroville - (530) 538-2496

Open 7 Days A Week noon - 4pm Closed on Holidays and Dec. 15th - Jan. 31st.

Admission: Adults $3 (group discounts available) Children Under 12 Free

Built in 1863 to serve the largest community of Chinese north of Sacramento, this temple of treasures is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also as a California Landmark. Although it is now a museum, it is still an active temple and used occasionally for worship. Click here to visit Chinese Temple.


Chico Air Museum

Located at Chico Municipal Airport - 170 Convair Court - Chico - (530) 345-6468

The Museum consists of Historic Aircraft in the outdoor display and a growing indoor Museum featuring pictures from notable aviators such as Thaddeus Kerns, Jimmy Doolittle, John MacCready, Bud Allen, and artifacts from the 1945 "Chico B-29" crash site.


Far West Heritage Museum

Located at 10381 Midway - Chico - (530) 892-1525 or (530) 521-2012

Open Daily and lots of events throughout the year.

The Far West Heritage Association tells the history of the Far West through individual stories of ordinary people and their extraordinary experiences.

Through engaging programs, participatory activities and compelling exhibits, people consider Far West Heritage the leading cultural attraction and the definitive cultural interpretation of the area.


Gateway Science Museum

Located at 635 Esplanade near the Bidwell Mansion. - Chico - (530) 898-4921

Open Wednesday - Friday noon - 5pm - Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm

Admission: Adults $5 - Children $3 - Members Free

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.


Gold Nugget Museum

Located at 502 Pearson Rd. - Paradise - (530) 872-8722

Gold Nugget Museum - Wednesday - Sunday - noon - 4pm

Paradise Depot Museum: Weekends and Holidays noon - 4pm

Explore Paradise rich history at the Gold Nugget Museum and the Paradise Depot Museum. Events going on throughout the year including a living history with gold panning, food tasting and more.


National Yo Yo Museum

The National Museum is located in the heart of downtown Chico at 320 Broadway.

The museum is open Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm and Sundays 12 - 5pm.

Home of the "Worlds Largest YoYo"! Visit the National Yo Yo Museum Site.


Patrick Ranch Museum

Located at 10381 Midway - Chico - (530) 892-1525 or (530) 521-2012

Open Daily and lots of events throughout the year.

The Far West Heritage Association is a vital organization that invites all individuals interested in immersing themselves in historical research, doing oral interviews, cataloguing artifacts, working on historic landscaping or volunteering for specific events to join us!


Pioneer History Museum

Located at 2332 Montgomery St. - Oroville - (530) 538-2497

Open Fri - Sat. - Sun. noon - 4pm closed Dec. 1st. - Jan. 31st.

First opened in 1932 by the Native Sons & Daughters of the Golden West, and now operated by the City of Oroville, this museum was built as an oversized replica of a 49er’s cabin.


Stansbury House

Located at 307 W. 5th St.- Chico - (530) 895-3848

Tours Saturday and Sunday 1pm - 4pm * Adults $2 - Students $1 - Children Free

The Stansbury House is a Victorian house that has been a part of Chico since 1883. It was the residence of a medical doctor by the name of Oscar Stansbury and his wife, Libbie. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and an individual property, and in 1991 was listed as supporting the South Campus Historic District. It is now the property of The City of Chico. However, the Stansbury Preservation Society helps to fund and maintain the 19th century historic house as a museum for all to see.


University Art Museum

Located the California State University in Chico.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday & Sunday Noon - 4pm

All gallery events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).

The University Art Gallery is located on the California State University, Chico campus in Taylor Hall at First St. and Normal St. The gallery is a student-centered exhibition space that focuses on original works by regional, national and international artists. Students, faculty and staff from throughout the University as well as visitors from the City of Chico and surrounding region utilize the gallery's resources. The gallery program seeks to demystify the arts by furnishing its visitors with a meaningful artistic experience and providing insight into the creative process.


Photos from the Historical chinese temple in Oroville California. Old artifacts, chinese clothing and garden.
Painting of an old aircraft flying.
Photo of the Gateway Science Museum front entrance.
Here is a photo of a man standing along side the worlds largest yo yo made by Tom Kuhn of San Francisco.
Photo of the old Stansbury House located in Oroville California. Sign states that tours are on Sat. & Sun. 1pm to 4 pm.

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