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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events

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.


Our Stories: Downtown Walking Tour
Walking Tour: Diversions in Downtown Chandler   

Saturday, February 6, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
San Marcos Hotel Courtyard, 1 N. San Marcos Drive

Explore the history of Chandler through an engaging walking tour of Downtown, led by Chandler Museum staff. The focus of the tour will be the entertainment that brought people to Downtown Chandler over the last 100 years - pool halls to movie theatres to amenities at the historic San Marcos Hotel.

*Please note: This will be a walking tour lasting more than one hour. There will not be seating along the route. 

Our Stories: Chandler Latino Voices
Sharing Our Heritage: Chandler Latino Voices

Saturday, March 5, 2016
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street

We will celebrate the legacy of Chandler's Latino history with shared experiences and oral recollections from over the past 100 years. Discover the individual stories of the city's pioneering Mexican American families, war veterans and those who continue to empower the community.

*This program is made possible through the grant, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association.  


12th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony and Luncheon

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 11 am- 1:30 pm
Chandler Center for the Arts, Ticketed event

Join the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Committee to welcome the 2015 Class featuring athletes and coaches in the sports of tennis, women's hockey, softball, women's basketball, women's golf, football, baseball and track & field! 

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Trivia Night at The Ostrich with Historian Marshall Shore
Trivia Night with Chandler Museum and The Ostrich
The Chandler Museum and The Ostrich Bar hosted Trivia Night with Arizona Historian Marshall Shore, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, with a full house of attendees. We are getting ready to set more dates. Keep an eye out for details soon!

"We are excited to be partnering with The Ostrich and Marshall Shore," says Jody Crago, Museum Administrator at Chandler Museum. "It is sophisticated fun with a host who will keep everyone entertained with local stories and photos from the Museum's archive."

"Marshall's trivia nights have a cult following in Downtown Phoenix," says Mike Merendino, owner of The Ostrich and upstairs restaurant Crust. "We are proud to bring this event to the East Valley. I cannot wait for attendees to hear some of the fantastic stories that happened right here in Chandler. People do not want to miss this."

The Ostrich is located in the basement of Crust, near the San Marcos, at 10 N. San Marcos Place, in Chandler. 



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.

Feb. 16, 2016   News
Extra, extra! Read all about it! Come to C-Town Suitcase Club and explore the evolution of newsprint into the World Wide Web. Participants will make their own mini newspaper, look at advertisements of yesteryear, and read some funny news from long ago.

March 15, 2016    Tools
Join in with the C-Town Suitcase Club and get to work! Explore tools from the past and compare them with the items that might be in your own garage, toolshed, kitchen and home. 

April 19, 2016    Spools
Come to C-town Suitcase Club to learn about thread, thimbles, darning tools, and spools. See how cotton thread is made, practice the art of sewing and make a toy from a wooden thread spool. It is going to be SEW much fun!

May 17, 2016   Schools
Roll call! Travel back in time with the C-Town Suitcase Club and experience what it was like to go to school a long time ago. Ring the bell to start class, hear a poem from a McGuffey reader, and laugh at the rules of days gone by. 

Science Saturday

Enjoy science experiments with the whole family. Programming done in partnership with the Museum of Science and Sustainability.  Join u s on the second Saturday of the month, October - May (excluding November and March),10am-1pm, Tumbleweed Ranch (located at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road), Free*. 

Mark your calendar for the following dates and check Back for more information.

Museum of Science and Sustainability - Chandler Museum

February 13, 2016  Spring Showers
Come explore Spring Showers through hands-on activities with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch. You'll have the chance to experiment with rain in a jar, make your own cotton cloud, and color a precipitation cycle. The program is free. Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm.

March 12, 2016  Science of Flying Birds (*this program is included with admission to the Ostrich Festival) 

April 9, 2016  Geology: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

May 14, 2016  The Power of the Sun


Chandler Museum at the Public Libraries
These special youth programs are appropriate for ages 6 - 11 and are done in conjunction with the library during school intersession breaks.

Chandler's Latino Heritage
Celebrate Latino heritage at the library with the Chandler Museum over Spring Break.  Make a tissue paper flower ofrenda, use a tortilla press, and see the brand new traveling exhibit Sharing Our Heritage: Chandler Latino Voices.  Designed for youth and their families. Free of charge. 

Tuesday, March 8 at Hamilton Library, 1-2:30pm
Wednesday, March 9 at Downtown Library, 3-4:30pm
Thursday, March 10 at Sunset Library, 2:30-4pm
Friday, March 11 at Basha Library, 10am-12pm

Five Cs of Arizona
Join the Chandler Museum for activities for youth to explore Arizona’s Five Cs.  Copper, cattle, citrus, cotton, and