The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Friday, December 9: Open 11am – 9pm
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Free Events

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Community Rental: THE NIGHT BRIDGE Book Launch

Sun, Dec 11, 2016, 4–5:30 pm

Hummingbird Press book launch for Wilma Marcus Chandler’s book THE NIGHT BRIDGE AND OTHER POEMS Reading, refreshments and book signing.   For more information, please call 831-475-4362

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, Dec 17, 2016, 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: Christmas at the MAH

Sun, Dec 25, 2016, Noon–3 pm

Want to host your next event at the MAH? Learn how here. For 30 years, the Veterans in Santa Cruz have put a hot, delicious Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings on the plates of hundreds of local folks in need. Veterans in Santa Cruz hoped that a similar tradition would spring up around a Christmas Day Dinner for our less fortunate friends. This year, that hope is being answered with Christmas at the MAH. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art…

Free First Friday

Fri, Jan 6, 2017, 5–9 pm

Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, dance to live music and get hands-on with an all-ages art activity. EXHIBITION TALK | 5:30-6:30PM | Auditorium | Young Writer’s Program discuss the WordLab and accompanying exhibition Chamber of Heart & Mystery. ART ACTIVITY | 5:00-9:00PM | Auditorium | Engage with fun art activities with MAH staff and interns. LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Atrium | Kangaroo Rat | Based in Provincetown, MA, Kangaroo Rat is a colorful fusion of original pieces & beautiful European…

Researcher’s Anonymous Roundtable Discussion

Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 11  am–1 pm

All are welcome to join this group of people interested in Santa Cruz County history. Please bring your questions, current projects, and ideas. Share finds and progress from 2016 and research goals and program ideas for 2017.