The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Friday, October 21: Open 11am – 9pm
Directions & Admission

Current Exhibitions

To learn more about an exhibition, please click on its title.


Screaming Hand: August 5, 2016- March 26, 2017

3rd floor, Art Forum Celebrate 30 years of the Screaming Hand igniting youth and skateboard culture. The iconic Screaming Hand image turns 30 this year. Explore original art by Phillips and 200 other contemporary artists inspired by this fundamental image of skate culture. Graphic artist Jim Phillips is best known for his surf and skateboard art. […]


Santa Cruz Collects 2016: October 7, 2016- February 19, 2017

2nd floor Solari Gallery Collections aren’t just something we do. They tell stories about who we are. Explore personal items from curious collectors all over Santa Cruz County. Learn about people in Santa Cruz through the flip-flops, corks, and cat whiskers they collect. Explore how artists use collections to create extraordinary assemblage sculptures. Examine how […]


The Chamber of Heart & Mystery

The Chamber of Heart & Mystery is an imaginarium for all ages. Dive into this whimsical exhibit that’s a portal to The Word Lab, a new afternoon writing lab at the MAH. The Chamber of Heart and Mystery invites you to explore the mysteries surrounding the human heart. Staged as a fictional study for Dr. Cora […]


October: Oceanic Scales

Oceanic Scales by Gene A. Felice II & Jennifer Parker with support from the OpenLab Research Center at UCSC and the Coaction Lab at the University of Maine. October 3, 2016 – October 23, 2016 in the Atrium. Oceanic Scales is a place to learn and collaborate. It is a lens focused on phytoplankton, the first link in the oceanic food chain. […]


History Gallery

Long-term exhibit; History Gallery 2nd Floor.   Who makes history?  This gallery shares stories of people who made history here in Santa Cruz County. Farmworkers and fishermen. Street performers and surfers. Native Ohlone and migrants from around the world. Santa Cruz County is home to dreamers, artists, and activists. In this gallery, you will meet […]