The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Friday, May 26: Open 11am – 9pm
Directions & Admission
The MAH is open during Abbott Square construction. Enter only on Front St.

Evening Events

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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…

Friday Night Live: Trappist One

Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 6:30–9 pm

Free live music every Friday night in the square from 6:30-9:00pm. MORE INFO COMING SOON

Friday Night Live: Brave Mystics

Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 6:30–9 pm

Free live music every Friday night in the square. (more info coming soon)

Indigenous Landscapes; Talks About Land Management with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 6–8 pm

  How can we learn from indigenous land management practices to protect public lands today? Join us for talks from Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman Valentin Lopez, Kent Lightfoot, Ek Ong Kar, and Mark Hylkema to learn how lessons rooted in tribal practices can directly contribute to new protocols for managing public spaces.     Native Californians established productive landscapes, using fire to enhance the quantity and diversity of plant and animal communities. Now, a collaborative team of scholars from…

Community Rental: The Joy Plan Book Release Party

Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 7–9 pm

Want to host your event at the MAH? Find how more here. Or contact the Event Operations Coordinator at   Sourcebooks and Bookshop Santa Cruz present a JOYFUL community event celebrating the publication of The Joy Plan by local author, Mindfulness teacher, and blogger Kaia Roman. In this “memoir with benefits,” Kaia shares how she went from joyless and anxious to grateful and optimistic. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters, and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more…