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Downtown Chico is a place to discover year round with its ongoing street festivals, live music, foodie finds, an eclectic art scene, brand-name clothing, one-of-a-kind shops, historic tours and museums, impressive public art, a vibrant farmer's market--, fun art programs, and a beer lover's paradise.

Gateway Science Museum

The Gateway Science Museum inspires the exploration of science and natural history, in our region and beyond!

Who We Are

The Gateway Science Museum brings world class traveling exhibitions and quality programming to our region. Interactive exhibits and activities engage visitors of all ages in unique science, technology, and engineering experiences. Open to the general public, we are located at 625 Esplanade and serve as a gateway connecting Chico State and Community.

Vision

The Gateway Science Museum envisions an environment where people of all ages and demographics are inspired by science. We strive to be a leader in engaging youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We aspire to provide a stimulating experience for visitors as they grow into adulthood. We are devoted to the advancement of science literacy and life-long learning.

The Gateway Science Museum serves as a portal to learning and sharing, connecting university and community in a strong partnership. As educators, we champion creative and critical thinking, encourage curiosity, and inspire visitors of all ages in the exploration of science. As a gateway, we celebrate and heighten awareness of the unique natural history of our region. Through steadfast partnerships in education and outreach, we persist in efforts that instill stewardship and sustainability.

Mission

Inspiring the exploration of science and natural history, in our region and beyond.

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

Tours are open to the public Saturday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and highlight the three-story, 26-room Italianate mansion which was begun in 1865 and completed in 1868. It's truly a walk in history with ornate furniture of the Victorian era and insightful stories about the history of John and Annie Bidwell.

Honoring the memory of Chico founder John Bidwell, the highlight of this park is a three-story, 26-room Italianate mansion which was begun in 1865 and completed in 1868 in time for Bidwell's marriage to Annie Ellicott Kennedy of Washington, D. C. When constructed, the house featured the most modern plumbing, gas lighting, and water systems available. It was visited by many famous people over the years, including President Rutherford B. Hayes, General William Tecumseh Sherman, Susan B. Anthony, Governor Stanford, and John Muir.

Open to the public Saturday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is filled with ornate furniture of the Victorian era. Although all three floors are included on the tour, only the first floor is handicap-accessible; the remaining floors can be seen on a video available in the visitor center.