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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! 

February 13
March 13
April 10


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

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, Myths, Legends and True Crimes, April through June 2018. 

April 28 - Mysteries of the Superstition Mountains
Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware, 10:30 a.m.

For over a century people have been intrigued by stories of the Superstition Mountains. The lost Dutchman Mine of Jacob Waltz is, without a doubt, the most talked about and controversial aspect of these “Mountains of Foam,” but there is so much more to the history and the legends surrounding this area. Explore the mythos and lore that has grown over the years along with up-to-date aspects and theories concerning the area that many Native Americans believe to be a sacred. Presented by Charlie LeSueur, western film historian and co-producer of the online show, “Mysteries of the Superstition Mountains.”

May 19 - Arizona's Wild Myths and Legends
Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd.
, 10:30 a.m.

Arizona historian Jim Turner takes a look at people in popular myth like Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and John Wayne: what do these famous characters have in common? They are not who we think they are because of the legends that have grown up around them. From 1860s dime novels to books, movies, and television shows, writers have altered, exaggerated and sometimes lied about these folk heroes. In “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” the editor says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Examine how legends grew and how they impact how we view the past, act in the present, and build the future. Presented in part by the Arizona Humanities.

June 9 - Skirting the Law:  Crime History of Chandler
Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.
, 10:30 a.m.

Join Chandler Museum’s Jody Crago and explore the darker side of our past! In a sense, Chandler was built on a crime. City founder Dr. A.J. Chandler’s land fraud schemes helped people settle in the area but led to a federal Congressional hearing questioning the Chandler Improvement Company’s methods to purchase and grant land. Uncover other crimes of note that have happened in Chandler over the years—such as the 1935 crime spree in downtown Chandler that led businesses to band together and hire a night watchman, as well as a robbery that led to a kidnapping! These stories will be intertwined with the history of Chandler’s police force.

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. 

Japanese Internment - Chandler Museum at Queen Creek LibraryJapanese 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. 

February 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Maricopa Historical Society hosts at Maricopa Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Rd, Bldg 10, Maricopa, AZ

​February 22, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ


NEW! STEM Saturday  (Youth)Museum of Science and Sustainability - Chandler Museum

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*. 

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.  
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.

Read more about Celebration Plaza.


Happy 100th Birthday to the McCroskey House  (Family)

McCroskey House 100th Birthday!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

Chandler - Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 7, 2015Join 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

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 videoSee 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
International Museum Day 2016

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.

International Museum Day - #MuseumDay2016On May 18, the Museum had its traveling exhibits on display in different locations –
Chandler City Hall, Downtown Chandler Public Library, outsideInternational Museum Day Selfie - #MuseumDay2016 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.