The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Tuesday, October 16: Open 10am-8pm
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Rental Process FAQ

Do I need an appointment to view the space?

Yes. We require that you schedule an appointment to see the room(s). This ensures that the space is unoccupied and that the Facility Rentals Manager is available to answer your questions. To make an appointment, please call: 831-429-1964 ext. 7010 or email

What is included in my rental?

We provide the chairs and tables and allow use of our A/V and projection equipment. Also included in your rental is private use of the space and galleries. We do not provide anything else i.e. table linens, dishes, coffee pots, etc. You or your caterer will need to provide all those items.

Do you allow food and drink to be brought in?

Yes, food and drinks are allowed in the museum for events. While there are no restrictions on your catering selection, we suggest using a trusted caterer off of our Preferred Caterers List. All food and drinks must be brought in ready to serve – we have a prep kitchen only.

Food and drinks are not allowed inside the exhibition galleries.

Do you have parking for guests?

Unfortunately, the MAH does not have free on-site parking, nor do we validate parking. There are two paid parking structures within a block of the museum:

The Soquel/ Front Parking Garage is located on the corner of Soquel Avenue and Front Street. The lot is paid hourly parking (2 hour minimum), seven days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Keep your ticket with you, and pay at one of the Pay-on-Foot stations (located on the ground floor stair tower) or the cashier’s office before returning to your vehicle.

The River/ Front Garage is located between River and Front Streets next to the Galleria Office Complex. This lot is a paid hourly parking.

For the Rental Request form, click here