The Chandler Museum opened in December 2018 to showcase the history of Chandler and celebrate it’s residents. It’s amazing to see the amazing people in the Chandler community but also how the area has changed over time.
The 10,000 square foot museum has exhibits that change throughout the year so you can revisit and experience something entirely new.
Here’s what you want to know…
Chandler Museum Exhibits
The Chandler Museum is actually separated into three parts.
The Main Museum
The first is the 10,000 square foot museum with exhibits. The exhibits inside change so you can revisit and experience something entirely new.
Pictured here are the exhibits of Chandler resident Zora Folley, the local boxer who fought Muhammad Ali.
The other exhibit is the Greatest photographs of the American West.
There are 6-8 exhibitions every year so there is always plenty to see throughout the year.
The exhibits include a mix of in-house, local exhibits showcasing Chandler history and nationally traveling exhibits about culture, history and art.
When you are done visiting the main museum, you’ll walk down a long hallway showcasing pictures of how Chandler used to look.
Exciting the doors at the end of the hallway and heading left, you’ll come across a courtyard with a few stations. The podium has a time with jump ropes so you can see how many jumps you can get in 30 seconds.
Then you proceed to do each physical activity at the different stations, hitting the bell at the end to wrap it up.
The McCullough-Price House
Just past the courtyard is the small, historic McCullough-Price House.
The idea is to represent Chandlers past while also representing the future with the new, modern museum.
The Light Show
At night the front of the museum lights up with multi colored changing lights which is beautiful to see.
Docent tours are offered every Sunday at 1:30pm and 3pm. These tours are limited to 8 people so you should pre-register to get your spot.
The Museum also offers a scavenger hunt for kids. What’s nice is there is an easy, medium or hard scavenger hunt to choose from so the older kids are more challenged than the younger kids.
We tried the hard scavenger hunt with a 10-year-old who needed some hints and ideas for finding a few of the clues.
The 7-year-old was challenged enough with the easy scavenger hunt.
Programs & Classes
The museum also has free classes and programs for both kids and adults.
Some programs are also hosted at Timbleweed Ranch located at Tumbleweed Park nearby.
Programs can include:
There are also 45-minute programs specifically for tots ages 3 to 5 and the themes change every month. These programs start as a group and then break off into family groups to visit different activity stations.
You can find a list of current programs here.
Tickets & Pricing
It is completely free to visit The Chandler Museum. No tickets are required.
Programs and classes are also free.
Chandler Museum Hours
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
The museum is located at: 300 S. Chandler Village Drive Chandler, AZ 85226 next to the Chandler Fashion Mall.
There is plenty of parking available right in front of the museum.
Things to Do Near Chandler Museum
- Catch a movie at Harkins Theatre next door (2 minutes away)
- Visit the Crayola Experience across the street (3 minutes away)
- Ride a vintage train, play at the playground or stroll around the lake at Desert Breeze Park (5 minutes away)
- Jump at Gravity Extreme Zone Trampoline and Adventure Park (6 minutes away)
- Ride the bull and jump at Big Air Trampoline (11 minutes away)
- Make some art with the Art-O-Mat machine at The Vision Gallery (11 minutes away)
- Play at nearby Tumbleweed Park (12 minutes away)