The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Tuesday, October 16: Open 10am-8pm
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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.

SHEET MUSIC LETTERS | 5:00-9:00PM | Atrium | Make envelopes and write letters out of sheet music. Write and draw on sheet music about things that matter to you most in life.

TEEN WINTER ART MARKET  | 5:00-9:00PM | Garden Room | Subjects to Change (the MAH’s youth led teen progam) will be hosting their annual Teen Winter Art Market for the third year in a row. Local teens from all over Santa Cruz county will be selling their art, including everything from handmade silver jewelry to screen-printed tote bags, and of course everything in between. We encourage everyone to come support local youth and stock up on unique, handmade gifts for the holidays!

LIVE MUSIC: Carie & the Soulshakers | 6:30-9pm | Abbott Square | Enjoy fun, funky, rockin’ blues, sultry soul and an intoxicating blend of influences ranging from New Orleans to Memphis

FREE EXHIBITIONS | Explore three floors of exhibitions for free.

OPENING: Spoken/Unspoken — At the end of your life, what will you wish you had said? This exhibition invites you to share your story, make music, and listen to others. This sound installation features intimate stories from Hospice patients in end of life care.

Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum — Step into an exhibit about foster youth made with foster youth—and leave empowered to take effective action. This exhibition showcases the stories, struggles, and triumphs of youth who are aging out of foster care. This exhibition was created with the Foster Youth Museum and MAH’s Creative Community Committee (C3)— a group of over 100 local foster youth, artists, and youth advocates.

Chamber of Heart & Mystery —  Dive into this imaginarium for all ages.

Vital Current- Seeking the San Lorenzo by Camille Utterback — Dip your fingers into San Lorenzo River history with Camille Utterback’s interactive installation.


Santa Cruz First Friday has lots to offer. To see a what’s going on for First Friday, Dec 1st, outside of Abbott Square visit