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Museum offers free programs this month

September 5th, 2019 development
Museum offers free programs this month
Family Fun


The Chandler Museum is offering a number of free programs and activities for people of all ages this month. The museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 480-782-2717 or Unless otherwise noted, the programs require no reservations in advance.

C-Town Suitcase Club

10-11 a.m. Sept. 17, ages 3-5

This free program explores everyday objects from the past and how they compare to today.  The group “travels” through time enjoying musical, hands-on and theme-based activities.

Preschoolers will learn how rugs were cleaned long ago, enjoy weaving activities and explore how technology has advanced through the ages in our home life.

History Detectives

11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Sept. 7

(drop-in), ages 6-12

Use clues from local primary resources to solve a history mystery.

“Weighing the evidence” involves how to sort through the primary sources including photographs and oral history quotes to determine the effects of segregation in Chandler schools, businesses and communities.

STEM Saturday

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14 (drop in)

Ages 5-12

Join the Chandler museum and the Museum of Science and Sustainability for investigations into science topics.

“Electricity: May the Spark Be With You” will enable participants to experience electricity and 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.
Demonstration Day

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 21 (drop in)

Experience a historical craft, demonstration or performance with special guests.

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as 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.

Step In Their Shoes

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 28

Walking in the lives of those who make up and impact our community using interactive and engaging activities, this program focuses on Latinos in early Chandler. Learn the history of Chandler’s Latino community through a pop-up exhibit. Hands-on activities include using a tortilla press, creating art and exploring folktales


“Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River”
December 8- April 19, 2020
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
July 30- Oct. 13
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 art works that explore the connections between people and objects.
This is a collaborative exhibition with city of Chandler’s Vision Gallery.

Docent Tours

Free 45-minute tours led by volunteer docents. The tour will give insights into the architectural and artistic components of the museum campus as well as details about Chandler’s history.
Each Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m.

East Valley History Center

Open weekly to researchers. The museum’s archival materials are available through the help of a research assistant.
Thursdays 2-5 p.m.   

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