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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events


Chandler Museum at Chandler Public Library

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

NEW PROGRAMS ADDED!                                  


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.

  From Liverpool to Abbey Road

  Saturday, September 17
  10:30 a.m.

  Sunset Library

  4930 W. Ray Road

Join music historian Vincent Bruno for an historic account of the lives, works and influence of The Beatles on contemporary society.  Through images and audio clips, Bruno will discuss their phenomenal achievements from a musical and cultural perspective.  The historical journey starts from their early days as a cover band in Liverpool and Hamburg, into the excitement of Beatlemania, thru their creative ground breaking studio albums (Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers) to the formation of Apple Corps and finally to their remarkable final recordings at Abbey Road Studios. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

  Ghost Riders in The Sky: The Story and Songs of Stan Jones

  Saturday, October 22

  10:30 a.m.

  Sunset Library
  4930 W. Ray Road

Join author Michael Ward and musician Keeter Stuart for a celebration of the life and creative legacy of the gifted western songwriter Stan Jones.  An Arizona native, Jones picked up his guitar during his time as a park ranger and wrote classic cowboy songs such as “Cowpoke,” “The Searchers,” and “Burro Lullaby.” Discover how Jones was inspired to write his most famous song, “Ghost Riders in the sky,” an eerie tune which has been performed by The Outlaws, Gene Autry, Johnny Cash, and many more. Stuart, who is the great nephew of Stan Jones, will perform the classic western songs his Uncle Stan wrote.

  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 - 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


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, 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 in 2016.

Mark your calendar for our next Celebration Plaza dedication on Saturday, January 21, 2017.