255 North Kyrene Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
Phone: (480) 705-0922
Fax: (480) 785-5201
Arts & Museums
Chandler Museum aims at preserving the rich history of the natives of Chandler. The museum houses an extensive collection of writings, antique objects, photograph as well as audio and video recordings. Visitors get to hear first-hand accounts of the people, as they gather here to narrate their tales. The museum has set up kiosks in various parks to get children acquainted with the heritage of the land.
Enjoy a powerful movie experience at this 407 seat theatre that features a six story high, 82 foot wide screen powered by an IMAX digital sound system.
The site for this museum was completed in 1991, in what was once the 36,000 square-foot (3344.51 square meter) Tempe Public Library. This exhibit gallery sets its focus on the preservation and interpretation of Tempe's history. The museum also includes the Petersen House Museum, a Queen Anne Victorian house which showcases Tempe's daily life at the turn of the century. Permanent and changing exhibits and educational programs address Tempe's history from a state and national perspective.
Halle Heart Children's Museum, managed by the American Heart Association, aims at inculcating a healthy lifestyle among children and adults. This is a good place to bring your kids to educate them about the most vital organ in our body: the heart. The museum is filled with replicas of the human and animal organs while the interactive displays, film screenings, special programs for students and other themed-events contribute to the entertaining and enlightening experience. To visit the museum, schedule an appointment and hop on to a tour of the facility.
Get a taste of Arizonian art history at the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery owned by Eddie Basha. The art work is housed in two areas of the gallery; 'Contemporary Western American Art' and 'Contemporary Native American Art'. The vast collection of more than 3000 works of art includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, pottery, baskets, bowls and other interesting artifacts and artworks. Entry to this spectacular place is free. So come by and acquaint yourself with the local art and culture.
Preserving Arizona's railroad history is the prime directive of this facility. Various engines are displayed, including a 1906 steam engine. Flat-beds, tankers and passenger cars are featured as well. Smaller artifacts on display include exclusive china patterns, which were often designed for specific trains, as well as lanterns and tools. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Funding of restoration is exclusively through private donations. Bring cash as credit cards are not accepted.
Center for Meteorite Studies, a part of the Arizona State University, houses an extensive collection of meteorites. The collection numbering in the thousands supports global geological and planetary research.
This collection features contemporary American works of art, but focuses more on Southwestern styles of art.
Five to six technology related exhibits including historical technology exhibits, integrated media exhibits, and technology-generated artwork are featured yearly at this gallery . They are open Monday through Friday.
View traveling exhibits at this gallery that focuses on architecture, designs, landscapes, and urban planning. Open Monday through Friday.
A variety of reptile displays, including the only complete living collection of all 18 sub-species of Arizona native rattlesnakes, are exhibited at this center. There are also skulls and skeletons of indigenous wildlife on display. They are open Monday through Friday.
Gems, fossils, and seashells from around the world are on display at this museum as well as the six story Foucalt Pendulum, the only active seismograph in central Arizona. Open Monday through Friday but do call for hours open.