Chico Museum

141 Salem Street
Cross Street: 2nd Street
Across from Madison Bear Garden
Thur-Sun 11 am-4pm, 
Building Constructed
Stone and Smith
Building Remodeled
Remodel Architect
Louis Brouchard
Building Remodeled and Museum Established
Remodel Architect
Thomson and Hendricks
Payment Method
Free entry, but donations appreciated

The Chico Museum (formerly the Chico Public Library) has been offering a glimpse of local history for more than 20 years. The building is a former Carnegie Library building. They have both permanent and changing exhibits. The permanent exhibits are a timeline of Chico's history dating back to 1830 and the Chico Taoist Temple. The current temporary exhibit hosts a large collection of circus memorabilia, which was donated by a local Chico area family. Group tours can be arranged, both during the regular open hours, as well as in the mornings before the museum opens (must be arranged in advance). The museum is free to visit, but donations are always welcomed! They also have volunteer and internship opportunities if you would like to help out. If you would like any souvenirs from your visit, they do have a gift store with various books, t-shirts, videos, posters and more.


(Chico: A 20th Century Pictoral History) On display currently is an exhibit entitled Chico Circus Town. This circus poster is evidence of the urban legend about the Zoo. Photo courtesy of the Chico Museum and the Grace and Arrel Allread Circus Collection.

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