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.

Free Events

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Free First Friday: Bike Night

Fri, May 5, 2017, 5–9 pm

Free First Friday Join us for Bike Night this First Friday, which will kick-off the celebration of Ecology Action’s  Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week. Bike Night is a family-friendly event for community members to come learn about local bike resources and celebrate biking in Santa Cruz.

Community Rental: Solidarity Sundays

Sun, May 14, 2017, 2–4 pm

Want to host your event at the MAH? Find how more here. Or contact the Event Operations Catalyst at   Join us for Santa Cruz Solidarity Sundays!*As always, please bring your laptops, chargers, and phones* This event is public. What is Solidarity Sundays? SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS (SolSun) is an inclusive, action-oriented, virtual + real life activist group. Our focus is a series of monthly meetings (the 2nd Sunday of every month) dedicated to empowering rad women (& the men who support…

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…

UCSC Night at the Museum: Radical Jewish Politics – from Marx to Bernie

Wed, May 24, 2017, 6–8 pm

Want to host your event at the MAH? Find how more here. Or contact the Event Operations Coordinator at As we mark the centennial of the Russian Revolution and the stunning electoral success of Bernie Sanders, the revival of interest in socialism inspires this discussion of the history of radical Jewish Politics. Registration Required:   6:00pm – Doors open 6:30pm – Public Conversation with Tony Michels Professor of American Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of…

Free First Friday

Fri, Jun 2, 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. AUDITORIUM TALK | 5:30-6:30PM | Auditorium | ART ACTIVITY | 5:00-9:00PM | Classroom | LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Atrium | FREE EXHIBITIONS | Explore three floors of exhibitions for free. We Who Work; Prints and Tapestries by Hung Liu–  What does “work” look like? Explore vibrant, mixed media portraits of laborers by Hung Liu. Learn about low wage work in Santa Cruz by Working for…