Chandler Museum

Museums

Museums

If you're a curious person, you probably like museums. They can spark a thought in you, and you just might learn something you didn't know. Chandler has a variety of museums that explore the history and heritage of the area.

  • Arizona Railway Museum - Located at the museum are old rail cars used in bygone eras. The museum acquires, preserves, and displays rail cars used during train travel's heydays. Among the displays are a Santa Fe caboose, an Alaska RR dining car, and Southern Railway Business Car. Every year, the Arizona Railway Museum participates in National Train Day. This year, the event takes place on May 11, 2013.
  • Chandler Museum - To get the full story on how Chandler became a town, visit the Chandler Museum. It tells the story of town founder, Dr. A. J. Chandler, a visionary veterinarian who set his sights on developing the desert environment into a picturesque town following the "City Beautiful" movement popular in the early 1900s.
  • Tumbleweed Ranch - Visitors can see a sample of Chandler's agricultural past at Tumbleweed Ranch Park. A bungalow sits within the park. This is the McCroskey House. It represents one of the many homes that early Chandler farmers built here.

Huhugam Heritage Center on the Gila River Museum - a tribal facility for the preservation and display of important cultural artifacts and art, the Huhugam Heritage Center is a climate-controlled repository for prehistoric and historic artifacts, cultural materials and vital records. The museum displays these materials to the public, and is a space to exhibit traveling art and history shows.