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.

Family 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.

Memorial Day Remembrance 2017

Mon, May 29, 2017, 11  am–1 pm

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History along with local military and veterans organizations to commemorate Santa Cruz’s 150th Memorial Day. The Observance is held in the quiet Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery. This traditional remembrance features musical and spoken tributes from local community leaders, veterans and military including Chuck Woodson and the Defense Language Institute Active Personnel and ACWA 2nd Wisconson Infantry, Co. “H” and SVR’s 89th California Infantry Company C. The National…

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,…

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   MAH members get in for half price. Join today.

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…