The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Sunday, October 23: Open 11am – 5pm
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Free Events

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Free First Friday: Mothers of Men Screening

Fri, Nov 4, 2016, 11  am–9 pm

Travel back in time to Santa Cruz in 1917 with a screening and talk about Mothers of Men, the recently restored silent film immortalizing the Suffrage movement. Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, dance to live music by El Trio Guadalupano and get hands-on with an all-ages art activity making sugar skulls.


Día de los Muertos Community Festival

Sat, Nov 5, 2016, 1:30–7 pm

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

Community Rental: Holistic Veterans’ Community Healing Project

Fri, Nov 11, 2016, 5–9 pm

      Gathering our community to share a meal, brainstorm, connect and create a healthier lifestyle is at the heart of Holistic Veterans. We invite you to come participate and learn about different holistic modalities that are thriving in Santa Cruz. Music, Food, Herbal Drinks For more information, visit:

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, Nov 19, 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…

Free First Friday

Free First Friday

Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 11  am–9 pm

Join us for a Free First Friday with extended hours from 11am-9pm. Every 1st Friday of the month, enjoy live music, an all ages art activity, artist and history talks, and a MAH Bar.