The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Wednesday, November 21: Open 10am-7pm
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You may rent the entire museum or individual spaces. Please contact us to discuss your event needs–we will be able to help you with a recommendation on the right blend of spaces based on your plans and budget.

Spaces RoomCapacity
Ground Floor 400 max
Party Package:Atrium & Boardroom 300 max
Auditorium 80 seated lecture
Boardroom 20 seated around table
Classroom 30 max
Back Patio 100 max
Sculpture Garden 50 max
Abbott Square* 100 max

*Abbott Square: We cannot accommodate every type of event. Ask the Facility Rental Coordinator for details. The flat rate applies to 4 hour rentals or less. An additional fee of $50 per hour will apply after that. Abbott Square will be unavailable to rent after October 2016.

groundfloorSpace size: 2,765 sq. ft.

The Ground Floor is the premiere venue experience at the MAH. The rental consists of the entire ground floor of the Museum complex including the Community Board Room with attached service kitchen, the Auditorium, the enclosed Atrium, and an outdoor Courtyard adjacent to the Atrium. The Ground Floor is the perfect venue for larger social gatherings, weddings, cocktail receptions, parties, wine tastings, fundraising galas, conferences, and similar activities.


Maximum occupancy: 100 standing; 132 max seated
Space size: 1,203 sq. ft.
The Museum features a lovely central enclosed Atrium located in the front of the museum that provides a vibrant welcoming space ideal for presentations, parties, fundraisers, and social gatherings.


Maximum occupancy: 80 seated lecture style; 50 seated at tables
Space size: 889 sq. ft.
The Auditorium is available for meetings, conferences, retreats, workshops, and lectures. Audio/visual equipment, chairs, and tables are included at no additional charge.


Maximum occupancy: 24 seated
Space size: 616 sq. ft.
The Community Board Room is suitable for small meetings, workshops or similar activities. Chairs, a large conference table, a closet/coat room, and a dry erase board/projection screen are included. A service kitchen is attached which includes a sink, a refrigerator, a microwave oven, two conventional stove/ovens, and a dishwasher.


Maximum occupancy: 80-100 standing; 60-80 seated
Space size: 2,281 sq. ft.
Just outside the Atrium, the Courtyard combines old world charm with a natural open-air ambiance. The courtyard is nestled near many downtown shops yet has a private feel. It is the perfect location for any event.


Maximum occupancy: 60 standing; 35 seated
Space size: 1,104 sq. ft.
The Blanchard Sculpture Garden has sweeping views of downtown Santa Cruz, a fountain and beautiful modern sculpture pieces. It is an ideal setting for a cocktail party, reception, baby shower or social gathering. This unique space will leave a lasting impression with your guests.

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