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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events


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. 

Life on a Cattle Drive

How do you read a cattle brand?  What was a cookie on a Chuck Wagon?  Join the Chandler Museum and explore life on the cattle drive.  Youth will try their hand at being a cowboy or cowgirl with hands-on roping, barbed wire, and branding activities. This free youth drop-by program is sure to make you say, "Yee-haw!" as you discover the history of the West. 

Monday, October 3, 3:30-5pm, Sunset Library
Thursday, October 6, 1-2:30pm, Hamilton Library
Wednesday, October 12, 2-3:30pm, Downtown Library
Friday, October 14, 10-11:30am, Basha Library
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 * Ariz
ona 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.

  This program will resume again in the Fall; come back here to see the schedule!



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
More details to come.

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

January 7- Waves: The Doppler Effect and more!

February 11- Microorganisms: The Invisible World

March 11- STEM Saturday Science of Birds @ Ostrich Festival

April 8 - Electricity: May the spark be with you

Chandler Museum and The Ostrich present Trivia Night with Hipstorian Marshall Shore

Trivia Night with Marshall Shore, June 14, 2016
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the second Trivia Night at The Ostrich on June 14. We hope you had as much fun as we had.  Check out our photo album from that evening! 

Mark your calendar for our next Trivia Night -- Tuesday, September 20! Start putting your team of four or six together now. Updates on the theme will be coming soon.


 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, 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.

Officer David Payne and the Chandler Kiwanis Club were honored at Celebration Plaza on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9 a.m.