The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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Free First Friday





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Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, dance to live music and get hands-on with an all-ages art activity.

ART ACTIVITY | Decorate Sugar Skulls just in time for Día de los Muertos the day after from 5-6:30pm. Create your own colorful Papel Picado in the Atrium.

LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Abbott Square | Trio Guadalupano plays a variety of traditional and classic music and rhythms from México and Latin America. They have been performing in the Santa Cruz area for about 20 years.

FREE EXHIBITIONS | Explore three floors of exhibitions for free.

Chamber of Heart & Mystery —  Dive into this imaginarium for all ages. The Chamber of Heart and Mystery invites you to explore the mysteries surrounding the human heart. Staged as a fictional study for Dr. Cora X. Crux, renowned explorer of the heart and its mysteries, this exhibition is filled with curious objects and art work.

Vital Current- Seeking the San Lorenzo by Camille Utterback- Dip your fingers into San Lorenzo River history with Camille Utterback’s interactive installation. This large-scale river-shaped projection in the MAH lobby windows shows an ever-changing collage of historic and contemporary images of the San Lorenzo River. Explore the river’s history by “dipping” your fingers into the river via a touchscreen surface.


Santa Cruz First Friday has a lot to offer. To see a what’s going on for First Friday, Nov 3rd, outside of Abbott Square visit