The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil at Tule Lake
December 27, 2016 - January 27, 2017
This exhibit explores the experiences and events at Tule Lake, a Japanese American camp where many prisoners from Arizona’s Gila River Internment Camp were transferred. The traveling exhibition uses haunting images of artifacts to give a glimpse into the lives of those who were held at this unique WWII confinement site.
Save the date...an opening reception for this exhibit will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m.
Take a peek at the exhibition card for The Art of Survival.
This exhibit is complementary to America in Times of Conflict, a collaborative series with Chandler Public Library, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts.
Un-American: Japanese Internment in our Backyard
February 7 - Summer 2017
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps. Approximately 15,000 individuals – women, men and children – were relocated to Gila River Internment Camp only a few miles away from Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy.
Experience the photos and stories of the people who were forced to leave behind almost everything they owned to live in stark conditions in the middle of the desert.
Save the Date.... Join Chandler Museum for a reception for this exhibit on Thursday, February 23,
6 – 8 p.m.
Explore changing exhibits on culture, history, and art at the historic 1938 pueblo revival style McCullough-Price House. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm. Free admission.
Highlight at Chandler Museum
A 7-foot portrait of city namesake Dr. A.J. Chandler is the center of the "Faces of the San Marcos," an exhibit that displays photographs of the San Marcos Hotel throughout its 100 year history.
The Chandler Museum offers traveling banner exhibits on an number of topics, available for rent. You may also see them at events around the community.
January 14, 2017 - See our newest traveling exhibit on the Gila River Japanese Internment Camp at the Chandler Multicultural Festival at Chandler Fashion Center. Details about the event.
For field trips: Learn how people lived in Chandler 100 years ago. Explore the 1917 McCroskey House, farm equipment, and grocery store. Group field trips available through reservations. Find out more here.
For the public: Grounds are open daily, 6am-6pm. Free admission.
Chandlerpedia is everything you want to know about Chandler history in one online place! Featuring online exhibits; digital copies of photographs, newspapers, and other historic documents; and resources for research, Chandlerpedia is the place to view the museum's holdings.
Outdoor Exhibits: History in Your Own Backyard Kiosks*
If you’re playing at one of parks listed below, check out the history kiosks. These permanent displays tell stories from Chandler’s past. Click here to view the History in Your Own Backyard page.
*Winner of 2009 American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit
*Winner of 2006 Arizona Parks and Recreation Association’s Outstanding Education Program Award