The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Friday, May 26: Open 11am – 9pm
Directions & Admission
The MAH is open during Abbott Square construction. Enter only on Front St.

Past Exhibitions

Toy Trains 2016: December 16th-December 31st

Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart. Celebrate the opening of Toy Trains on 3rd Friday: Winterpalooza on December 16th from 5-8pm alongside all-ages art activities, a winter art market and hands-on workshops. Come and watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with […]

Screaming Hand: August 5, 2016- March 26, 2017

3rd floor, Art Forum Celebrate 30 years of the Screaming Hand igniting youth and skateboard culture. The iconic Screaming Hand image turns 30 this year. Explore original art by Phillips and 200 other contemporary artists inspired by this fundamental image of skate culture. Graphic artist Jim Phillips is best known for his surf and skateboard art. […]

Santa Cruz Collects 2016: October 7, 2016- February 19, 2017

2nd floor Solari Gallery Collections aren’t just something we do. They tell stories about who we are. Explore personal items from curious collectors all over Santa Cruz County. Learn about people in Santa Cruz through the flip-flops, corks, and cat whiskers they collect. Explore how artists use collections to create extraordinary assemblage sculptures. Examine how […]

2016 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year: Shmuel Thaler

2nd floor landing “It has been my honor to have spent the last three decades making the images that have become the historic record of our community’s recent past. Through my pictures I hope you see into the beauty and soul of a community I obviously love.” Shmuel Thaler A graduate of the film school […]

Art Works: June 1st – September 25th, 2016

2nd floor Solari Gallery Take a step into a practicing artist’s studio. Create work with puppetmakers, composers, embroiderers, and nestbuilders. This summer, eleven artists will transform the MAH’s Solari Gallery into a series of open, functioning artist’s studios. You’ll meet the artists themselves. Participate in art works in progress. Meet the artists. Check out their work. […]