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 | 5-9PM in the Atrium| Guide your intentions for the new year by writing or drawing them down on your own compass. Take it wherever you go by making it into a necklace or magnet.

LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Abbott Square | Pan Dulce from  Watsonville CA, is a band with a sweet variety of styles including ska, reggae, & rock! Come dance and rock out with us.

FREE EXHIBITIONS | Explore three floors of exhibitions for free.

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.

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