|Upcoming Museum Programs and Events
NEW! 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
MARK YOUR CALENDAR with the upcoming dates!
NEW! Local 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.
Join Chandler Museum and Chandler Public Library for an Our Stories series called, History Found in the Land, January through March 2018.
January 13 - Petroglyphs: Ancient Art and Stories in the Rocks
Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street, 10:30 a.m.
The Phoenix area is rich in archaeological history. Over thousands of years, people use this land and left their mark in the form of petroglyphs that can be found etched into the mountains surrounding our cities. Explore this history through a unique presentation from the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, a local archaeology site and museum that is home to the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix area. Photo courtesy of Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve.
February 17 - The Seeds that Grew Chandler and the East Valley
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, 10:30 a.m.
If it weren’t for the seed industry there wouldn’t be a city of Chandler. Chandler Museum Curator of Collections Nate Meyers digs into this curious statement, exploring how Chandler’s roots grew from the seed of the Michigan-based Ferry Seed Company’s quest to cultivate drought resistant alfalfa in Arizona. Town founder Dr. Alexander J. Chandler arrived in Arizona in 1887 on a mission to acquire land for the seed company to grow alfalfa. Soon an agricultural empire of alfalfa, cotton, sugar beets, citrus, and more blossomed in the desert, revolutionizing the agricultural industry and laying the groundwork for the modern city we call home today. This program is part of Sunset Library's Spring Seed Swap event. Photo courtesy of ChandlerpediA.
March 3 - Casa Grande Ruins and Tonto National Monument
Chandler Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, 10:30 a.m.
The National Park Service presents the history of the Casa Grande Ruins and the Tonto National Monument. Discover the stories of Salado and the Hohokam Indians in Arizona during the fourteenth century, as told in the structures and preserved sites of these two monuments. Who lived here? How did they survive in an often harsh desert environment? How did these particular sites come to be preserved as national monuments? The presenter will also provide a brief overview of the 22 National Park Service units throughout Arizona - find out all the sites you can visit to encounter the beauty and history of Arizona. Photo courtesy of nps.gov/cagr.
NEW! 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.
Heavyweight: Race, Religion, and a Boxing Title @ Robson Library - December 7, 1 p.m. (presented by Jody Crago)
In 1967, Chandler citizen and professional boxer Zora Folley challenged heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Learn the unique circumstances of this fight as race, religion, and sport intersected. Understand the context surrounding this fight, its impact on Chandler residents, and its influence on American culture.
NEW! STEM Saturday (Youth)
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*.
December 9 - 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 20 - Wonderous Waves
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 10 - 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 10 - Birds and Flight
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 14 - 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.
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.
Read more about Celebration Plaza
Chandler Museum at the Library (Youth)
Chandler Museum partners with Chandler Public Library to offer programming during CUSD intersession breaks. Experience the Museum and learn about the past at your local library. These programs are designed for youth, ages 6 - 11. These programs are free to attend. Come back to see what we have coming up next! Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed "Life on the Cattle Drive" during the Fall break. Check out some photos from this program.
Chandler Museum presents Digging It: Archaeology for Kids
Dig into the past by trying your hand as an archaeologist! The Chandler Museum presents family-friendly activities at your local library. Dig for mock artifacts in a portable dig pit, piece together pottery, touch historic pottery sherds, and more.
Wednesday, March 14, 1-2:30pm, Chandler Downtown Library
Thursday, March 15, 3:30-5pm, Chandler Sunset Library
Wednesday, March 21, 12-1:30pm, Chandler Basha Library
Thursday, March 22, 1-2:30pm, Chandler Hamilton Library
Happy 100th Birthday to the McCroskey House (Family)
Thank you to everyone who came out for the birthday party on October 6! We hope you enjoyed the wonderful live jazz music and tours of the house.
Built in 1917, the McCroskey House provides a special look at life in the East Valley 100 years ago. The 600-square-foot kit home was ordered from a catalog and originally located on Pecos Rd., between Price and Dobson Roads. The Edwards, Austin, and McCroskey families lived in the house. Mona McCroskey donated the house to the City of Chandler in 1997. It was moved to Tumbleweed Ranch in 1999 and serves as an experiential learning space for elementary school students visiting the Ranch on field trips. #McCroskeyTurns100 Take a look at the formal invitation.
If you would like to send a birthday card to the McCroskey House, please send it to Chandler Museum, Mail Stop 305, P.O. Box 4008, Chandler, AZ 85244, Attn: McCroskey House
Trivia Night with Hipstorian Marshall Shore (Adults)
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Trivia Night events this year! We had a blast!
And, thank you to The Ostrich and Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas for hosting our trivia events. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2018. Check back for upcoming details.
2017 Trivia Nights
The Original Food Truck: Chuck Wagons and the Wagon Trail - Tuesday, October 17, 7 - 9 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4955 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler
Hot, Hot, Hot: Top Chandler Headlines - Tuesday, August 15, 7 - 9 p.m., The Ostrich (basement of Crust), 10 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler
The East Valley's Baseball Past - Tuesday, June 13, 7 - 9 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4955 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler
The Streets of Chandler - Tuesday, May 30, 7 - 9 p.m., The Ostrich (basement of Crust), 10 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler
Check out photos from two of last year's events:
September 20, 2016
June 14, 2016
Join us for the 8th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 10 - 11, 2017 (Family)
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!.
Information on this year's event being updated weekly!
New this year:
- Live Music from Valley Fever - Barefoot and Pregnant, Pick & Holler, Chip Hanna, August Manley's Premiere Waylon Jennings Tribute
- Presale tickets for a catered wagon-style meal on Saturday (Get tickets here)
- Friday evening Sunset Dinner on the Ranch, benefiting Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch (Get tickets here)
America in Times of Conflict
America in Times of Conflict
was a collaborative series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances made possible through a partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. Running November 2016 through April 2017, its programs explored the stories and perspectives from our local community during military conflicts in American history, including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the programs in this project were supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Below are a list of exhibits and programs in which Chandler Museum had a part:
February 7 - September 2 @ Chandler Museum - Un-American: Japanese Internment in Our Backyard
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps. Approximately 15,000 individuals – women, men and children – were relocated to Gila River Internment Camp only a few miles away from Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy. Experience the photos and stories of the people who were forced to leave behind almost everything they owned to live in stark conditions in the middle of the desert.
ARCHIVED: February 18 - Un-American: Japanese Internment in Our Backyard
On the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, Dr. Richard Matsuishi and Museum Director Jody Crago spoke about Japanese internment during World War II. Watch the video
. See the photos
Interested in learning more? Check out the custom-curated list of books on Internment and other topics in the series, compiled by librarians at Chandler Public Library. Just click on the image below.
May 18 - International Museum Day - Check out our album!
Tell us why you love Museums and share it on social media - #MuseumDay2016
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.
On May 18, the Museum had its traveling exhibits on display in different locations –
Chandler City Hall, Downtown Chandler Public Library, outside
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.