The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Sunday, August 19: Open 10am-8pm
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Past Exhibitions

Gender Revolution: June 20th, 2018 – June 22nd, 2018

Join several artists and performers from Santa Cruz and Monterey County in an exploration of gender through photography, poetry, film, live music and more. Artists of varying gender expressions, orientations, and cultural experiences will be showcasing works that are representative of their lived experiences.     Go deeper with related events Dialogue: Art & Identity […]

All Part of Somebody’s Family: The Black Panthers in Photographs, 1968. Temporary Installation May 16 – May 21 2018

“We are all part of somebody’s family… [Ruth-Marion and Pirkle] captured the real love and inspiration of what the Black Panther Party was all about.” – Elbert “Bigman” Howard, Black Panthers co-founder Fifty years ago, artist Ruth-Marion Baruch launched a project to document  the Black Panther Party’s community of activism in California. When the now-iconic photographs […]

We Feed You: Works by Victor Cartagena. April 6th — July 22nd 2018

Behind every salad is a story. From almonds and brussel sprouts to grapes and sugar beets, California produces and distributes nearly half of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables in the country. But who is responsible for all the work that goes into putting food on our tables? This exhibition explores the systemic injustice of food […]

Toy Trains 2017–December 15th-31st

10:00 am-5:oo pm Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart. Back for their 12th year, the Golden State Toy Train Operators, Inc. presents Toy Trains. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke […]

Ballooniverse; Balloon Art by Addi Somekh: August 4 2017 – November 19 2017

Leap into an immersive balloon experience that is fun, funky and 100% unique. Balloons are more than just a colorful toy. They can spread joy and laughter all over the world. Featuring self-taught balloon twister and artist extraordinaire Addi Somekh, this exhibit will showcase changing installations made entirely out of balloons and photographs from the […]