Chandler Museum Exhibits

The Chandler Museum exhibit hall features 6-8 exhibitions each year. The schedule includes a combination of in-house produced exhibits exploring Chandler history topics and nationally traveling exhibits showcasing culture, history and art.


Frank Fujii Butte Camp 188

Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River

December 8, 2018- April 18, 2020

During World War II over 16,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the west coast to Gila River Internment Camp, near Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy. This poignant exhibit demonstrates how the Japanese value gaman, enduring the seemingly impossible with patience and dignity, guided these American citizens, through loss and incarceration in the Arizona desert.  See the photos, hear the stories, read the names of incarcerees, and view the community contributed paper cranes in this transformative exhibition. 



Oblique Views: Southwest Aerial Landscapes by Charles and Anne Lindbergh and Adriel Heisey

Oblique Views: Southwest Aerial Landscapes by Charles and Anne Lindbergh and Adriel Heisey

April 9- July 6, 2019
How have humans impacted landscapes over the last century? During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds, Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne photographed in 1929. Oblique Views pairs large-scale then-and-now photographs that reveal the layers of civilization of the American Southwest—Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and ultimately Euro-American colonization and settlement—from a vantage point few of us will ever experience.

This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM and circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.

2019 Congressional Art Competition

April 2-28, 2019
Congressman Andy Biggs of Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District is holding the annual Congressional Art Competition at the Chandler Museum. Open to all high school students that reside in the Fifth Congressional District, the competition is comprised of submissions in paintings, drawings, mixed media and collage, prints, computer-generated art, and photography. Artwork will be on display for the month of April in the museum’s main exhibit hall. Congressman Biggs will announce winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each art medium on Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m. in the Saguaro Room at the Chandler Museum.