Chandler Museum Events

Tumbleweed Ranch Time Travelers (Youth)

See the 100-year-old McCroskey House, the Grocery Store, and historic farm equipment as you dive into historical activities at Tumbleweed Ranch. Plant a seed, make a mini scarecrow, test your speed on the sack race course, feel some cotton bolls straight off the plant, and more. Each month, includes four new hands-on activities set up throughout the Ranch. Programs in this series promote developmental skills, let youth explore historical methods and tools, and include a take-home item. Appropriate for early childhood participants and homeschool families.

Second Tuesdays, October- April, 10-11 a.m., Free to attend


Our Stories LogoLocal Voices* Arizona Stories (Adults)

Discover unique Chandler and Arizona stories of the past through first-person accounts, demonstrations, multimedia presentations, music, and conversation.

The Our Stories speaker series hosts speakers throughout the year to provide expert insight into the history of Chandler, the Valley and Arizona. Presentations in this series are presented by the Chandler Museum at Chandler Public Library, with support from Chandler Historical Society and the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, in an effort to bring arts, history and culture to Chandler residents and visitors.
If you have questions or would like more information on Our Stories, call 480-782-2751]


Chandler Museum in the Community (Adults)

Chandler Museum does presentations and talks at locations throughout the Valley on a variety of topics, sharing the knowledge and insight we have gained from local history and parts of our collection. Hear new stories you didn't know took place in our community.

Japanese Internment: When Some Americans Looked Like the Enemy

Hear a thought-provoking talk from Chandler 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 World War II. Go behind the barbed wire fences to understand the experiences of neighbors and friends who suddenly looked like the enemy to many Americans because of the war.


Museum of Science and Sustainability logoSTEM Saturday (Youth)

Enjoy science experiments with the whole family. Programming done in partnership with the Museum of Science and Sustainability. Join us again in January 2019 in the new 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. Nominations for Celebration Plaza have closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a person or organization worthy of recognition.

Learn more about Celebration Plaza



Chuckwagon Cook Off LogoAnnual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off 
November 10, 2018

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.