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About Us

About the Museum of Northern California Art

The Museum

The mission of the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) is to make art accessible and promote awareness of northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Our Vision

The vision of the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) is to be a vehicle for communities in the region to experience and create art for the sake of enjoyment, expression, social cohesion, innovation and communication. The museum will improve public perception of art by creating vital educational programs that inspire enthusiasm and increase the quality of life for artists, art enthusiasts and the public at large.

Mon-Wed: Closed
Thu-Fri: 11am ‒ 5pm
Sat-Sun: 11am ‒ 5pm

Individual: $30
Dual/Family: $50
Senior/Veteran: $25
NARM: $100
Corporate: $750

When I was an Art student at Chico State in the late '50s the nearest museum for us to visit was the Crocker in Sacramento. There weren't even any galleries in town. > Now, thanks to the vision, hard work and persistence of a handful of dedicated advocates spearheaded by Pat Macias, there is a community-based Art Museum to fill that void. I believe it grew from a mobile Art Bus to a series of pop-up galleries to the ongoing restoration and conversion of the old Veteran's Hall into a series of exhibition spaces, research library, even a small gift shop, with more to come. I am most impressed with the way a historic structure has been re-imagined into a handsome, up-to-date Museum that reflects the community it serves. The cultural climate of the entire area is enriched by the addition of this Museum. It fosters a creative spark, a vitality and appreciation for a wide variety of visual art that spills over to include music, theater and other art forms. I admire and appreciate the tenacity and will-power demonstrated in creating this wonderful center for the Arts in the community of Chico.

Marlowe Boyd (Chico Resident)

We are the Adult class at Chico high school and would like to give MONCA, our neighbor on the Esplanade, A big THANK YOU for all the opportunities you have provided for our class. You are, of course, our favorite site for vocational experience, but you have also tickled our artistic bones. Not only do students get to appreciate the art while we work, but Pat has included our student artwork in shows which is very exciting for motivational for us. Mucho Gracias MONCA!

Chico High School Adult Class (Student)

Fabulous museum of art, activity and heart! Literally, something for everyone including a library of art books and references and weekly events. And, a historic building was saved, renovated and reused for the public's enjoyment.

Pam Figge (Facebook)

What I loved about MONCA was seeing art that reflected the community of Northern California. Such a great representation of the divers culture as well as the broad spectrum of kinds of work that the area produces.

Ruth Chase (Facebook)

I enjoy the artists’ work that they display and I know they worked long and hard to bring the building up to spec.

Rosemarie Colson (Facebook)
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Buy a membership today and learn more about Northern California Art.

Mon ‒ Wed: Closed
Thu ‒ Fri: 11am ‒ 5pm
Sat ‒ Sun: 11am ‒ 5pm

Adults: $30/year
Seniors: $25/year
Dual/Family: $50/year
NARM: $100/year
Corporate: $750/year

900 Esplanade, Chico, CA, 95926