Chandler Museum

300 S. Chandler Village Dr. , Chandler, AZ 85226 - United States




Free Everyday

The Chandler Museum is a cultural destination unlike any other with engaging, community-focused exhibits, programs, and forums, as well as world-class traveling exhibits. It is a interdisciplinary learning environment where the community comes together to share its stories, preserve its cultural heritage and experience Chandler as a people and place.

Chandler Museum is a proudly one of the City of Chandler's arts and culture divisions, serving the community of Chandler with high-quality cultural experiences and services, improving the quality of life of our patrons. The goal of the museum is to provide experiences in an expansive and innovative world through art, culture, history, art, exploration, and learning that enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Chandler.


Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River
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.

Inspired by History: A Collaborative Exhibit with the Vision Gallery
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.

Chandler Photo Wall
Forty four images explore the history of Chandler, Arizona from before the town's founding in 1912 to the innovative city of today.

Chandler Sports Hall of Fame
Images, objects, and a digital display celebrating the 135 athletes, coaches and teams that have been inducted to the Hall of Fame for their athletic achievement and the acclaim they have brought to Chandler as an athletic powerhouse.

San Marcos Hotel Exhibit
View postcards, photos, and many items from the hotel that document the proud history of Arizona's first winter resort that featured Arizona's first grass golf course.

Demonstration Day--Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Dancers will show and teach traditional folklorico dances. Attendees can try on traditional skirts and headpieces and make a paper flower or papel picado to take home.

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