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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: 

December 27 - January 27 @ 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.

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.   
SAVE THE DATE - Join us for a reception for Un-American on Thursday, February 23, 6 - 8 p.m. at Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. 

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.  

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

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. 

Make It Like they Used To

In the past, people made a lot of things at home that we simply buy at the store. Explore the past and learn how to dip your own candles, churn your own butter, and make a toy to take home. This is a drop-by program hosted at each of the four Chandler Library locations.

Thursday, March 9, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Sunset Library
Thursday, March 16, 1 - 2:30 p.m. - Hamilton Library
Monday, March 20, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Downtown Library
Friday, March 24, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Basha Library


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.

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
What do we wear to cover our knees? Pants and skirts, of course.  Discover historic clothing like a pair of ladies’ riding pants and suspenders to go with a pair of men’s pants. We will compare trends in clothing and contrast what the norms were long ago. 

March 21 - Tinkers
Discover what kids did for fun before there were battery operated toys and games.  Tinker with a variety of toys including Lincoln Logs, whirligigs, Tinker Toys, a Jacob’s Ladder, wooden tops, and more.  Find out how to use common objects to make your own toy to take home. 

April 18 - Blinkers
It’s all about eyes! What does a pair of old spectacles look like? How about a stereoscope? Use some looking tools to discover new ways to see things.

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?

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. Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum. NOTE: This program is included with admission to the Ostrich Festival. ‚Äč

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. 


Celebration Plaza

Located at Tumbleweed Park, Celebration Plaza honors service organizations and a select group of residents, living or deceased, for their civic leadership, public outreach, personal service and commitment to the community.  Each year, the public can nominate up to two individuals and/ or organizations to be permanently recognized. Submit nominations February 1- April 30.

Thank you to everyone who attended the induction ceremony to honor Former Mayor Kenny Thomas, Chandler Police Officer James Snedigar, and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce! It was a wonderful event. 


Trivia Night with Hipstorian Marshall Shore

Trivia Night with Marshall Shore, June 14, 2016Thank you to everyone who came to the final Trivia Night for 2016! We had a great time sharing the holiday spirit with everyone. Please keep an eye out for information on upcoming Trivia Nights in 2017!

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.  


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.

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