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 ​
​ 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. 


Autumn Rose: Tuned In, 2018, acrylic on canvas
Autumn Rose: Tuned In, 2018, acrylic on canvas

Inspired by History: A Collaborative Exhibit with the Vision Gallery

July 30- October 12, 2019

Our everyday objects may not be so ordinary when seen through the eyes of an artist. Using abstraction, manipulation and interpretation, local emerging and mid-career artists created works in response to objects from the Chandler Museum artifact collection. The exhibit considers memory, continuity and change over time through artworks that explore the connections between people and objects. 

This is a collaborative exhibition with the City of Chandler’s Vision Gallery. 




Blue/white print, 1940s, cloth, 36 x 36, private collection. Photo: E.G. Schempf
Blue/white print, 1940s, cloth, 36 x 36, private collection. Photo: E.G. Schempf

Apron Strings: Ties to the Past

November 12, 2019- January 5, 2020

Only one garment invokes both outrage and nostalgia:  the apron. Apron Strings:  Ties to the Past is an exhibition that explores the apron’s role over the past century, from practical purposes through the June Cleaver era and their abandonment in feminist culture.  Explore fifty-five aprons dating from the late 1930s through the present and discover the stories behind them.  

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.