Museum of Art and History

705 Front Street, Santa Cruz , CA
831 4291964
Museum of Art and History Website
Mon (Closed)
Tue-Thu (11:00am-5:00pm)
Fri (11:00am-9:00pm)
Sat-Sun (11:00am-5:00pm)


This is our community. This is your museum.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center (the “MAH”) is located at 705 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz. We are open Tuesday-Sunday, 11-5, and open until 9pm on Fridays. We host large-scale community events on the First and Third Fridays of the month in the evening, as well as ongoing exhibitions, programs, family festivals, and educational experiences.

Our mission is to ignite shared experiences and unexpected connections. We accomplish this mission when we bring people together around art and history through dynamic exhibitions, events, partnerships, and programs.

Our vision is to become a thriving, central gathering place where local residents and visitors have the opportunity to experience art, history, ideas, and culture. We envision engaged members and visitors who are increasingly passionate and knowledgeable about about contemporary art and local history that celebrate our diverse community.



  • Museum Art & History

  • Empty for now, but not for long. Check back for new History Gallery exhibits opening Free First…
  • This Week at the MAH: 3rd Friday: PechaKucha on "Making It" | Meet new MAH Staff -
  • Adventures in archiving, as found in the Lund Family Diary: New made-up words include "pizzer de winktom." What does that mean to you?


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