I had heard about the Chandler Museum (and that it was free), so when we were visiting the Crayola Experience in Chandler Fashion Center, I felt like we might was well bop over and check it out.
The Chandler Museum is located at 300 S Chandler Village Dr (which is right near the Chandler Fashion Center!)
The Chandler Museum is free to visit (2019). There is a traveling exhibit in their large room, a hall of Chandler history and the McCullough Price house which is a home built in 1938.
The traveling exhibit that we explored was the Gaman:Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River. I’ll admit that this was not child friendly at all. And, there were a lot of things my kids wanted to touch but couldn’t. In the back corner of this section of the museum was a table with some photocopies of coloring pages, markers and crayons. For our sanity, we kept moving on.
The traveling exhibits range in time periods, but I found this one to be really interesting. You can find more about the other exhibits they will have here.
There was a touch friendly area where kids could move different items and sort them into jars. However, I think “bric-a-brac” is not a term most kids would know! That might even be a regional term
There was a long hall with tons of Chandler history, but our kids were getting a little rowdy so we moved on outside where there was free space for them to move and shake some wiggles out.
Two large grassy areas were available for kids to run around, but led to the McCullough Price House.
McCullough Price House
Inside the McCullough Price House was a living room to explore. It was set up as if it were in the 1930s. Unfortunately, all the other rooms were offices. There were a few pieces of china and items in glass cases to examine.
Children and Family Programs
While the Chandler Museum isn’t really a kid friendly museum on most days, they do have Saturday Family Programs that looked more enticing. I spoke with one of the museum curators (I believe) and they told me about the fun things that they have for kids. They also have weekday programs for 3-5 years olds. Don’t mark this one off your list yet! I would give them a try for their Children and Family programs!
300 S Chandler Village Drive
Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.