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Surprisingly fun!

We were trying to pass time before a family dinner, we are from TN and my husband who is from Chico... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2018
Springfield, Tennessee
A place to take the children for fun and learning

A great place to visit with the children. All exhibits seem hands on for little children and... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2018
Elaina M
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625 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3903
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

We were trying to pass time before a family dinner, we are from TN and my husband who is from Chico suggested the museum. We ALL had fun and learned a lot! Loved this place and a fun surprise.

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Reviewed June 19, 2018

A great place to visit with the children. All exhibits seem hands on for little children and adults. A focus on interaction and education goes hand in hand with this museum. Easy to get to and in the city. Plenty of parking. Gift shop and...More

Thank Elaina M
Reviewed August 8, 2017

This is a small local museum in Chico. Besides the permanent exhibits, the changing exhibits are relevant to local issues such as water and agriculture. Some exhibits are focused on kids so this is a good museum for children. The best part is an outside...More

Thank Betty G
Reviewed June 21, 2017

We took the grandkids during a visit from Washington expecting to see a great exhibit. We were disappointed. The displays were falling apart and not appropriate for ages 5 and 10. Seemed expensive and parking is tricky. Read the signs or you will end up...More

Thank Pvichi
Reviewed April 11, 2017

I take my grandchildren regularly to this museum; lots of hands-on activities and rotating exhibits that catch and hold their attention. The docents are usually college volunteers, very enthusiastic and helpful.

Thank Robin W
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

The museum has 3 rooms, all of which had different themes. We also thought quite neat was the Saber Tooth and Bear skeletons. We loved the hands on learning and activities in one of the rooms, the couple of animals in tanks in the other,...More

Thank makjms
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Maybe not bad if you've got children to entertain, otherwise this place was a great disappointment..

Thank Nigel S
Reviewed February 4, 2017

Small but well run with exhibits that change so check ahead to see if of your interest. V. good interactive displays for kids - and adults! Right next to Bidwell Mansion so fun to take visitors.

Thank 2pablo2015
Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

I go every year to Gateway with my preschool class (kids age 3-5), and we have a blast..it doesn't matter what the display is, we always have a good time! The kids get to be hands on, they have plenty of staff to help, and...More

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Reviewed July 25, 2016

I always love to take my grandson to the Gateway Science Museum as it is unique for Chico. Must say that the current exhibit is a bit of a snooze compared to their usual output. Looking forward to the next one. It is still a...More

Thank debcan282015
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