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Chandler Museum has something for everyone

June 4th, 2019 development
Chandler Museum has something for everyone
Family Fun


The Chandler Museum offers a variety of free programs for the whole family.

The museum is located at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. Information:

Here are some programs this month. Unless otherwise noted, they are drop-in, great for ages 6-12 and run 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Saguaro Room.



History Detectives: Use clues from local primary sources to solve a history mystery

Aerial Photographs of Chandler: Discover clues from the aerial photographs of Chandler to see how the city has changed over time.

STEM Saturday: Join us and our partners, the Museum of Science and Sustainability, for investigations into science topics.


Learn introductory terms like “environment” and “neighbor” while exploring the natural flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.

Demonstration Day: Experience a historical craft, demonstration, or performance with our special guests.


Step in Their Shoes: Explore the people that make up our community.


Life in the 1940s: Jump into the 1940s by trying on clothes, playing games and exploring inventions from the decade.


Exhibits:  Dive in to activities right in the middle of our exhibit hall



10-11 a.m.

Trains: C-Town Suitcase Club; Travel through time and explore everyday objects from the past, 3 to 5-year-olds and their caregivers


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.  First Tuesday of each month

12-12:30 p.m. Saguaro Room

June 4: Aviators and the Archaeologists: The Lindberghs’ 1929 aerial survey of southwest prehistoric sites. 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.


Our Stories: 10:30 a.m. Bigger than Boxing: Muhammad Ali vs. Zora Folley. On March 22, 1967, at Madison Square Garden, New York City, Muhammad Ali faced off with 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. 

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