The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Sunday, April 23: 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.

3rd Friday: History Jam

Fri, May 19, 2017, 6–9 pm

Discover the stories, customs and food of the past. Learn about the work being done to protect and preserve the history of Santa Cruz and beyond.

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, May 20, 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: 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 diana@santacruzmah.org.   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,…

3rd Friday: 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. Enjoy participatory activities and performances with the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival. Want to participate in 3rd Friday: Music? Contact Helen at helen@santacruzmah.org.   MAH members get in for half price. Join today.

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…

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