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Chandler Museum readies new exhibit on the West

October 30th, 2021 development
Chandler Museum readies new exhibit on the West

Santan Sun News Staff

Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler is offering a variety of free programs. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays. Information: 480-782-2717 or

Bigger than Boxing: Zora Folley and the 1967 Heavyweight Title. Through Feb. 13.

March 22, 1967, Madison Square Garden, New York City.  Two men face off in the ring for the Heavyweight Championship of the World.  In the blue corner, the Champ, Muhammad Ali.  In the red corner, the Challenger from Chandler, Arizona, Zora Folley.

What follows is a fight at the crossroads of race, religion, sport, and the politics of the 1960s. “Bigger than Boxing” features the stories of these two boxers, the circumstances that weighed heavy on each man, and the fight that was a turning point in both of their careers.

Greatest Photographs of the American West. Nov. 2-Feb. 27.

Drawn from the significant holdings of the National Geographic Archive, “Greatest Photographs of the American West” chronicles the history and grandeur of the people and places that define the American West.

It offers a broad understanding of a region that has long captivated photographers. Each image captures a different aspect of the West including interactions among the people, visitors, and wildlife, as well as landscapes with endless skies, boundless plains, and dramatic mountains.

“Greatest Photographs of the American West” is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.                   


Docent Tours

1:30-3 p.m. Sundays. Free 45-minute tours led by our volunteer docents will give you insights into the architectural and artistic components of the museum campus as well as details about Chandler’s history.

Pre-register to guarantee your spot.

Tour groups limited to eight participants. For bigger groups, call 480-782-2879. Available on Fridays.

History Bites
Noon-12:30 p.m. Nov. 2

Idea and reality: Defining the West through imagery

How do you picture the American West? Images of the West have enticed waves of homesteaders, adventure travelers, business barons and economic migrants.

The people drawn by those images did not always find what they were expecting. They encountered a West that is both wide-open and controlled, productive and largely arid, essentially American and culturally complex. Explore the imagery of the West with Education Coordinator Tiffani Egnor and discover how it compares with the reality of our region.

After the program view the exhibition “Greatest Photographs of the American West.”

Guarantee your seat by registering:

Museum in a Box
Dive into culture, history, and art at home with a themed activity box. Each Chandler Museum in a Box includes instructions and supplies for three-five activities. Museum in a Box is available for sale in the Museum Store.

Build It! Frank Lloyd Wright in Chandler. Explore architecture with a Frank Lloyd Wright themed activity box. Design a city, test your building skills with edible construction supplies, and review shapes hidden within authentic Wright drawings. This Chandler Museum in a Box contains all needed supplies for three activities, stories about Wright’s time in Chandler, and the book Who Was Frank Lloyd Wright from the popular Who Was? series.
    $18, Great for ages 7-10, includes enough supplies for two users

Merry & Bright: Southwest Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is filled with unique traditions and the Southwest is no exception! This Museum in a Box contains supplies for four Southwest-themed holiday activities and a book. Families will learn about The Legend of the Poinsettia, and then follow instructions to make bright flowers out of felt. Other merry projects include: working together to design luminarias, arranging mini cotton-boll wreaths, and assembling a tree inspired by Chandler’s Tumbleweed Tree!

$15, Great for family members of all ages to complete together


Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off

Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history during this family-friendly culinary event. Authentic 1880s chuck wagon teams from around the West use historic cooking methods to create the best five-course meals fit for the trail.

Eat onsite at socially distanced tables or take the meal to go. Three different mealtimes to fit your schedule. Details at

Hosted by the Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, a 501c3 entity, and the Chandler Museum. 

Museum Store Sunday

From 1-5 p.m. Nov. 28, Museum Store Sunday, a worldwide initiative encouraging communities to “Be a Patron” at their local museum stores will be held. Kick off the holiday shopping season with a unique shopping experience. The Chandler Museum Store features a variety of quality gift items including locally made pieces that capture the culture, history, and art of Chandler. On Museum Store Sunday shoppers will enjoy 10 percent off all purchases.