Chandler Museum Programs

The Chandler Museum offers a wide array of engaging and educational public programs for early childhood, youth and adults. The programs include lectures, activities, demonstrations, outreach events and more. Programs are free to attend. 

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Free
History Detectives
First Saturday of the Month 

Use clues from local primary sources to solve a history mystery. 
June 1 | Aerial Photographs of Chandler
July 6 | Pair It Together
August 3 | Whose Point of View Is It?

STEM Saturday
Second Saturday of the Month

Join us and our partners, the Museum of Science and Sustainability, for investigations into science topics:
June 8 | Ecology
July 13 | Power of the Sun
August 10 | Weather

Demonstration Day
Third Saturday of the Month

Experience a historical craft, demonstration or performance with our special guests.
July 20 | Quilting with the Nimble Thimbles
August 17 | Pickling Summer’s Bounty with Mary Humecke

Step in Their Shoes
Fourth Saturday of the Month

Explore the people that make up our community
June 22 | Life in the 1940s
July 27 | Chandler Veterans
August 24 | On the Farm

In the Exhibits
Fifth Saturday of the Month

Dive into activities in the exhibition hall.
August 31 | Create You Own Art in Inspired by History



C-Town Suitcase Club

C-Town Suitcase Club

Travel through time and explore everyday objects from the past. Early childhood program for 3 to 5-year-olds and their caregivers.

10 - 11 a.m. | Free

June 18 | Trains
July 16 | Veins
August 20 | Rains





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.

March 12, 2019 | April 9, 2019
All events 10-11 a.m. | Free to attend


Local Voices Arizona Stories


A monthly series featuring unique Arizona and local history topics and conversation presented by the Chandler Museum and the Chandler Public Library, with support from the Friends of the Chandler Public Library and the Chandler Historical Society. 

If you have questions or would like more information on Our Stories, call 480-782-2751. 



Bigger than Boxing: Muhammad Ali vs. Zora Folley  
Muhammad Ali

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive 

March 22, 1967, Madison Square Garden, New York City. Two men face off in the ring for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. In the blue corner: the champ, Muhammad Ali. In the red corner: the challenger from Chandler, Arizona, Zora Folley. What follows is a fight at the crossroads of race, religion, sport, and the politics of the 1960s. Museum Administrator Jody Crago will examine the cultural history of the time through the lens of local boxer Zora Folley.




From Dirt to Dollars: Big Agriculture in Chandler

From Dirt to Dollars: Big Agriculture in Chandler

Saturday, August 31, 2019 |10:30 am
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive 

As Dr. Chandler’s vision of turning the desert into a green garden became a reality, early Chandler residents took advantage of the fertile land and the opportunities it provided. Industrial sized farms growing alfalfa, cotton, citrus, beans, melons, and sugar beets flourish as Chandler farmers learned how to capitalize on profits of these cash crops. By the 1970s community leaders realized the changing economy’s threat to cash crops and they shifted focus to a new industry, growing microchips. Museum Administrator Jody Crago will trace the history of Chandler’s big business agriculture.


History Bites: Lunchtime Talks 

Get a taste of Chandler history during 30-minute talks led by museum curators. Bring some take out or a brown bag lunch. 

Aviators and the Archaeologists: The Lindberghs’ 1929 Aerial Survey of Southwest Prehistoric Sites
Standing Rock

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive | Saguaro Room

Presented by special guest Erik Berg.

Learn the fascinating story behind the images from the Oblique Views exhibit!  Famous pilot Charles Lindbergh is best known for his pioneering 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean in his custom airplane called “The Spirit of St. Louis.”  Few people realize that Lindbergh, and his wife Anne, also played a brief - but important - role in southwestern archaeology.  In the summer of 1929, Charles and Anne worked with noted Southwest archaeologist Alfred Kidder to use aircraft to search for and photograph prehistoric sites and important geological features in Arizona and New Mexico including Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, and the Grand Canyon.  This short, but exciting presentation features many of their original photographs (including ones not shown in the exhibit) and discusses this pioneering time for both aviation and archaeology.  Following the talk, Erik will lead a short walk through the Oblique Views exhibit to point out key features and themes in the photos.

Building Gila River Internment Camp
Gila River Relocation Center

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive | Saguaro Room

Hear the story behind the selection of the site for Gila River Internment Camp, the construction and layout of the camp, and the arrival of incarcerees in July 1942.

Photo courtesy of National Archive and Records Administration, Identifier 539552.



From the Collection: Stories Told through Artifacts

Tuesday, August 2, 2019 | Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive | Saguaro Room


Heritage and History: Finding Your Roots!

Are you interested in researching your genealogy but not quite sure where to start? Or have you made progress on your family tree but ran into stumbling blocks in finding names, dates, or stories? Come learn the tools and techniques of family history research and find your roots! Attend one or all four workshops. Presented by Arizona State University faculty member Denise Ann Bodman, Ph.D., from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

7-8 p.m. | Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive | Saguaro Room

August 8 | What is Family History and Why Do It?
August 15 | Creating Your Family Tree
August 22 | Resources, Tools, and Strategies
August 29 | Overcoming Research Stumbling Blocks