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6 Museums to explore in Butte County

Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments.

Bidwell Mansion | State Historic Park
Bidwell Mansion | State Historic Park525 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926, USA

This is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. John Bidwell was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist. Now a museum and State Historic Park, it is California Historical Landmark #329 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion was a $60,000 project, and was finished in May 1868.

Centerville-Colman Museum
Centerville-Colman Museum13548 Centerville Rd, Chico, CA 95928, USA

A majestic museum, which showcases the rural community of Centerville. Stroll through the Colman Museum to learn about the history of the region and its inhabitants, from the Maidu natives to those who came during the Gold Rush to the simple everyday stories of everyday Canyonites. Explore artifacts, displays, and exhibits.

Chico Air Museum
Chico Air Museum165 Ryan Ave, Chico, CA 95973, USA

The Chico Air Museum is a nonprofit aviation museum located at the Chico Municipal Airport in Chico, California. The museum’s primary purpose is to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and the history of flight.

Janet Turner Print Museum
Janet Turner Print Museum400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929, USA

The Janet Turner Print Museum at California State University, Chico advances the art of printmaking by making its international collection accessible to the people of Northern California and beyond. We engage a diverse public through stimulating exhibitions, programming, and study to inspire reflection, collaboration, and action.

National Yo-Yo Museum
National Yo-Yo Museum320 Broadway St, Chico, CA 95928, USA

The National Yo-Yo Museum features the worlds largest public display of yo-yo, yo-yo memorabilia, and contest awards. It's the home of BIG-YO, the World's Biggest Working Wooden Yo-Yo in the 1982 Guinness Book of World Records. It is located inside Bird in Hand and is open 7 days a week and is free to tour. Guided visits are available to groups by special arrangement.

Oroville Chinese Temple
Oroville Chinese TempleOroville Chinese Temple Grounds, 1500 Broderick St, Oroville, CA 95965, USA

This is a museum and active temple that showcases the history of the Chinese community in Butte County and Northern California, starting during California's Gold Rush and into the early 20th century. The Chinese Temple is a unique piece of California's cultural heritage and should be on every Butte County visitor's itinerary.

Map of Museums to explore in Butte County