Upcoming Museum Programs and Events
NEW! Trivia Night with Hipstorian Marshall Shore
There are new things on the horizon for Trivia Night in 2017!
In 2017, we have two dates at The Ostrich in Downtown Chandler and two dates at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in South Chandler.
The Ostrich - May 30 (Streets of Chandler) and August 12 (Theme TBA)
Alamo Drafthouse - June 13 (The East Valley's Baseball Past) and October (Chuck wagons and the Wagon Trail) - Dates and details will be announced soon!
The Streets of Chandler - Tuesday, May 30, 7 - 9 p.m., The Ostrich (basement of Crust), 10 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler.
This popular trivia night with a touch of kitsch returns on May 30 with trivia about “The Streets of Chandler.”
Ease back into a normal week after the long Memorial Day weekend with a craft classic cocktail in one hand and a pencil in the other as you answer questions about the history behind some of Chandler’s streets, their names and their happenings. Compete with a trivia team of four or six. Reserve your spot today.
For reservations, call 480-917-4903.
The East Valley's Baseball Past - Tuesday, June 13, 7 - 9 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4955 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler
Hear about the East Valley’s baseball past, while you compete with other trivia enthusiasts at this inaugural event. Have a night out with friends enjoying delicious local craft drinks, amazing food and the outrageous fun that is Marshall Shore. Compete with a trivia team of four or six. Reserve your spot today.
Make your reservations online with eventbrite.
Check out photos from two of last year's events:
September 20, 2016
June 14, 2016
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.
April 29 - Dr. Chandler and the Land Fraud that Built the Valley, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ Chandler Sunset Library
Explore Chandler’s early history to understand how people acquired land. Chandler Museum Administrator, Jody Crago, will set the stage with the need to get water to the area and explain the canal system from Mesa to the south Valley. Next, learn how Dr. AJ Chandler facilitated business deals as he sold land and reacquired it when people could not pay their mortgage. Topics include the Desert Land Act of 1877, the Consolidated Canal Company, Land Sale Day in Chandler in 1912, and the Congressional Investigation that followed.
May 6 - In Search of a Homeland: The story of a Pioneer Chinese Woman, Lai Ngan, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ Chandler Downtown Library
Historian Li Yang shares the story of a remarkable immigrant woman and her successful struggle to survive in the American Southwest at the turn of the 20th Century.
Lai Ngan was smuggled into America at a tender age in the 1870s and sold into bondage. While still a teenager, she was married off to a Chinese man who was 35 years her senior. She first journeyed from San Francisco to Sonora, Mexico, at the height of anti-Chinese sentiment in the U.S. Later, the family journeyed back to the U.S. on the eve of Mexican Revolution when anti-Chinese feelings there were brewing. They finally settled down in Tucson, Arizona, where the family prospered. Discover the story of a remarkable immigrant woman and her successful struggle to survive in the American Southwest at the turn of the 20th Century.
June 17 - A Brief History of the Gila River Indian Community, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ Chandler Hamilton Library
Billy Allen, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, will share how his O’odham people have endured as the world around them changed. Using slides, along with tribal and personal recollections, he will introduce you to our southern next-door neighbors, the Gila River Indian Community. Billy Allen was born and raised in the community of Casa Blanca on the Gila River Indian Reservation. He currently lives in Casa Grande after completing a 33-year teaching career.
August 19 - And Tiko-Tu? The Midcentury Architecture of Great Phoenix's East Valley
Architect Mark Vinson and local historic preservationist Christine Weiss will present their latest book, identifying and celebrating all types of buildings, structures, places and spaces from the mid-twentieth century in the East Valley of greater Phoenix. In addition, they will place a particular emphasis on Chandler's architecture history from this intriguing and inspired era.
NEW! Chandler Museum at the Library
Chandler Museum partners with Chandler Public Library to offer programming during CUSD intersession breaks. Experience the Museum and learn about the past at your local library. These programs are designed for youth, ages 6 - 11. These programs are free to attend.
Build It!: Frank Lloyd Wright in Chandler
Ever wonder what it would be like to be an architect? Dive into Frank Lloyd Wright inspired activities with the Chandler Museum. From city planning to sketching to structure building, explore various aspects of architecture. Learn about Wright’s time in Chandler through a banner exhibit that includes his designs for buildings in the area.
Hamilton Library, Saturday, June 3, 9-11am (part of Summer Reading Program Kickoff event)
Sunset Library- Monday, June 12, 2-3:30pm
Downtown Library, Wednesday, June 21, 2-3:30pm
Play Time! Historic Games & Toys
What toys and games did kids play with in the past? Do we still play with the same toys and games that kids used a hundred years ago? Fifty years ago? Dive into the Chandler Museum’s historic game and toy trunk to explore new ways to have fun and see what games you recognize! Try your hand at Etch-a-Sketch, Tinker Toys, Mr. Potato Head, Wooly Willy, and more. Make a toy to take home and challenge yourself with cup and ball.
Sunset Library- Monday, July 10, 2-3:30pm
Hamilton Library- Thursday, July 13, 1-2:30pm
Basha Library- Friday, July 14, 2-3:30pm
Downtown Library- Wednesday, July 19, 2-3:30pm
America 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:
February 7 - Summer 2017 @ Chandler Museum - Un-American: Japanese Internment in Our Backyard
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.
ARCHIVED: February 18 - Un-American: Japanese Internment in Our Backyard
On the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, Dr. Richard Matsuishi and Museum Director Jody Crago spoke about Japanese internment during World War II. Watch the video. See the photos.
Interested in learning more? Check out the custom-curated list of books on Internment and other topics in the series, compiled by librarians at Chandler Public Library. Just click on the image below.
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.
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.
May 16 - Stinkers
Use your nose to discover new scents. Discover how much we depend on our nose to determine the flavor of foods we eat. Who "nose" what kind of fun we will have?
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*.
Look for 2017 - 2018 dates to be announced in the late Summer!
Join us for the 8th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 10 - 11, 2017
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 the 2017 event coming!
May 18 - International Museum Day - Check out our album!
Tell us why you love Museums and share it on social media - #MuseumDay2016
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.
On May 18, the Museum had its traveling exhibits on display in different locations –
Chandler City Hall, Downtown Chandler Public Library, outside
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.
Located at Tumbleweed Park, Celebration Plaza honors service organizations a