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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events


America in Times of ConflictAmerica in Times of Conflict

America in Times of Conflict is a collaborative series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances made possible through a partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. Running November 2016 through April 2017, its programs explore the stories and perspectives that from our local community during military conflicts in American history, including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Many of the programs in this project are supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Below are a list of exhibits and programs in which Chandler Museum has a part: 

November 19, 10 a.m. @ Hamilton Library - In My Own Words: Memories of World War II
Discover the personal impact of World War II through actor Mike Traylor’s dramatic reading of letters and oral history remembrances of Chandler-area veterans. These local stories will be followed by the 1943 film, "Guadalcanal Diary," which portrayed the everyday experiences and individual stories of the U.S. Marines who fought in the 1942 Battle of Guadalcanal.

December 27 - January 28 @ Chandler Museum - Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake
This exhibition explores the only Japanese American Segregation Center of WWII, located at Tule Lake. Through haunting images of artifacts by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe the exhibit is a glimpse into the lives of those who were held at Tule Lake and are encouraged to consider both the orchestration of life behind barbed wire and what it might have been like to live with constant turmoil and uncertainty.

Save the date - Opening reception for this exhibit is January 6, 6 - 8 p.m. @ the McCullough-Price House. 

February 7 - Summer 2017 @ Chandler Museum - Japanes Internment in Arizona: Images from the Gila River Internment Camp
This exhibit features photos and stories from inside the Japanese Internment Camp on the Gila River Indian Reservation, not far from Chandler, 1942 – 1945.  

February 18, 10:30 a.m. @ Downtown Library - Japanese Internment: When Some Americans Looked Like the Enemy
Hear a thought-provoking talk from Museum Administrator Jody Crago about how Japanese immigrants came to America and why, as well as what led up to the Japanese internment camps of WWII. Listen to the stories of those who were incarcerated  within the barbed wire fences at the Gila River Internment Camp, located only a few miles from Chandler, because war suddenly made friends and neighbors look like the enemy.  

Also, keep an eye out for our traveling banner exhibit that honors Chandler veterans at all of the America in Times of Conflict programs. A full list of programs for the series can be found here

Chandler - Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 7, 2015Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 11 - 12, 2016

 Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history at this family friendly culinary event. Using historic cooking methods, authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail. Wagon teams win prizes in various food categories, and the public can purchase these unique chuck wagon meals. Enjoy live music, Western history and cooking demonstrations, group tours and much more!.

More information on this year's event...with details being updated regularly




Local Voices* Arizona Stories 

Discover unique Chandler and Arizona stories of the past through first-person accounts, demonstrations, multimedia presentations, music, and conversation. 

                                                              Presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society and Chandler Library.  480-782-2751.

One aspect of our shared history is music—each of us remembers times in our lives through music heard on the radio, on the stage, or even around a campfire. Join us for this Fall series on some of the most well-known music and songs in American history—and some you may not know as well.

  Swing Into History

  Saturday, October 29
  10:30 a.m.

  Basha Library
  4990 S. Val Vista Dr.

With the exception of the most ardent collectors and older generation, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio. Join music historian Erik Larson as he revisits the sounds America listened and danced to for more than three decades. Learn how iconic artists like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald got their start along with fellow bands, vocalists, composers and musicians. Finally, enjoy the real thing, as Larson plays from his personal collection of 30,000 recordings, sharing little- known historical trivia along with vintage sheet music, posters and postcards. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.


Chandler Museum's C-Town Suitcase Club


C-Town Suitcase Club

Travel through time and explore everyday objects.  Designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.
Third Tuesday of the month, September-May.  10-11a.m., Chandler Museum, Free.

September 20  -  Chores
Discover chores of the past.  It's laundry day! Participants, three to five years old, will have the chance to make some stains on fabric and then see if they can wash out those stains using laundry tools from 100 years ago.  They'll also see tools that people used to complete their chores like a rug beater, washboard, butter churn, and an old tin of cleaning solution. 

October 18 - S'mores
What's cookin'? Explore the types of foods cowboys cooked at their chuck wagon and then dive into some food we make around the campfire today. Children, three to five years old, will hear a cowboy story, see the cooking tools and eating utensils cowboys used, and even get the chance to try their hand at roping. 

November 15 - Lores
Come listen to a few Native American stories from Southwestern tribes.  Participants, three to five years old, will hear the tales of coyote and how he became known as a trickster. They'll also learn how to draw a thunderbird and make a Hopi rain spirit kachina doll. 

December 20  - Keys
Explore a variety of key styles from different time periods and see how technology has changed keys. Preschoolers, three to five years old, will match up old and new styles of keys and the locks they open.  They'll also go on a scavenger hunt for a set of lost keys and open a special prize box with a skeleton key. 

January 17 - Fees
It's all about money! Participants, three to five years old, will learn to identify the presidents on our money; find out how many quarters, dimes, and nickels are in a dollar; and play store as they see how prices for basic groceries have changed over the past 100 years. 

February 21 - Knees
More details to come.


STEM Saturday

Enjoy science experiments with the whole family. Programming done in partnership with the Museum of Science and Sustainability.  Join us one Saturday every month, October - May, 10am-1pm, Tumbleweed Ranch (located at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road), Free*. Museum of Science and Sustainability - Chandler Museum


October 8 - Urban Gardening for Every Home

Come explore new water conservation technology for gardening with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch.  You'll have the chance to learn about crop rotation, which plants need shade or direct light, and make your own preservation system with green onions that can last for months without refrigeration. The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum. 

November 12- Olde Time Communication @ Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Come explore how your ancestors communicated in the days before Twitter! Join us at STEM Saturday with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch.  Try out a telegraph, operate a switch board, and test your verbal communication skills.  Find out why pigeons made good postal workers.  The program is free and will take place during the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm.  Hosted by the Chandler Museum. 

December 10- Marvelous Materials

Test the tensile strength of your hair and show us what you’re made of at the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch! You’ll also get to compare the mettle of different metals and use ferrofluids to see magnetism in action. The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum. 

January 7- Waves: The Doppler Effect and more!

Make waves with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch! Interact with all kinds of waves from sounds to splashes. You'll have the chance to see a noise and hear faster than the speed of sound! The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum. 

February 11- Microorganisms: The Invisible World

Explore the microscopic world of microorganisms with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch. You’ll see just how small bacteria really are and how fast they can multiply. Learn about the secret ingredients that keep the ecosystem -and your own body- running. The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum. 

March 11- STEM Saturday Science of Birds @ Ostrich Festival

Discover the world of birds with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at the Chandler Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Ranch. You'll have the chance to race our bouncy ostriches, feel the wind beneath your wings, and figure out why some birds can’t fly. The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum. 

April 8 - Electricity: May the spark be with you

Experience electricity with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch. See how science progressed from static to circuits, and make some sparks of your own! Harness the humble electron to create light, magnets, and motors. The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum. 


Chandler Museum and The Ostrich present Trivia Night with Hipstorian Marshall Shore
Save the Date - December 6, 2016!

Trivia Night with Marshall Shore, June 14, 2016
Bring your friends for a fun evening of trivia. Trivia starts at 7 p.m., hosted by the very hip and keen Marshall Shore. Reservations are recommended. More information on our December event is coming soon!

For media - press release and photos for the event.

Thank you to everyone who has joined us for our Trivia Night events. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Check out photos from our last events: 

September 20, 2016
June 14, 2016

 May 18 - International Museum Day - Check out our album!
Tell us why you love Museums and share it on social media - #MuseumDay2016
International Museum Day 2016

On May 9, Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed May 18, 2016, as International Museum Day in Chandler. In the spirit of this proclamation, Chandler Museum is joining thousands of museums around the world to raise awareness of the important role museums serve in communities with cultural exchange, enrichment and development of mutual understanding.

International Museum Day - #MuseumDay2016On May 18, the Museum had its traveling exhibits on display in different locations –
Chandler City Hall, Downtown Chandler Public Library, outsideInternational Museum Day Selfie - #MuseumDay2016 Chandler Museum’s McCullough-Price House location and at Chandler Fashion Center. 

“The museums of today are more than places that collect artifacts and archive the history of a place or time,” says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator.  “Museums, like the Chandler Museum, are also places for protecting and enhancing their community’s story with discovery and conversation.”

Chandler Museum’s McCullough Price House, located at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive (across from Chandler Fashion Center) and its exhibits are open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

Print out a “I Love Museums” sign for your selfie here. Tag us in your social media post.  

Celebration Plaza

Located at Tumbleweed Park, Celebration Plaza honors service organizations and a select group of residents, living or deceased, for their civic leadership, pub