The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Sunday, May 28: Open 11am – 5pm
Directions & Admission
The MAH is open during Abbott Square construction. Enter only on Front St.

Art Events

To learn more about an event or register, please click on the event title.

Community Rental: Show & Tell- Interactive Art Market

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 10  am–6 pm

Want to host your event at the MAH? Find how more here. Or contact the Event Operations Catalyst at   Show & Tell is an interactive marketplace where community members get the opportunity to see how some of their favorite products are created. Through live demonstrations and talks, local artisans will give participants a glimpse of the creative process, leaving them with a greater appreciation of what it means to be hand-made. Come intrigued. Leave inspired.   For more information,…

Crafternoon: Buttonmaking in Abbott Square

Tue, Jun 13, 2017, 3–5 pm

Join us for a weekly craft session happening every Tuesday afternoon in our Secret Garden. This week we’ll be making: BUTTONS

Friday Night: Music

Fri, Jun 16, 2017, 6–9 pm

Explore how we make music– whether it’s with a guitar, hands, or bodies. Learn about the journey of music making from the wood used to build the guitar to the lyrics of your favorite song through participatory activities and performances with the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival. Enjoy free musical performances in Abbott Square from 6 – 9pm by William Coulter – Santa Cruz Guitar Company Guitars, Kenny Hill – Hill Guitar Company, Bill Walker – Scott…

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 11  am–1 pm

The Historic Photo Processes Forum is a resource for photographers, collectors and conservators to study the history and practice of alternative (non-inkjet) photographic image making. Albumen, carbon, platinum, and other vintage techniques are used today not only for their nostalgic aesthetic, but also because they represent the pinnacle of photographic printmaking – unrivaled for image quality and stability. By combing “obsolete”l wet-processes with sophistical digital imaging tools, contemporary artist-photographers are creating expressive and technically innovative hand made photographs. Founded and…

Community Rental: Fantasmia! A Celebration of Imagination!

Jul 1–2, 2017, 11  am–6 pm

Want to host your event at the MAH? Find how more here. Or contact the Event Operations Coordinator at   A Mini Fantasy-Con and Puppetry Festival for Steampunks, Fairies, Trolls, Gryffindors, Hobbits, and Jedi’s. Fantasmia! is a weekend of celebrating all the many things that spark the imagination. In the center of all this, in the historical landmark The Octagon, with help from Arts Council Santa Cruz and the Museum of Art and History, will be “Dr. Mecurio’s Octagon of…