Check out what's new this summer at the MAH.

Swing by for new restaurants, interactive exhibitions, live music, and one-of-a-kind craft nights. There's always something new and made just for you.

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Get Your Groove On

Enjoy live music under the stars every Friday and Saturday night in Abbott Square.

Make the perfect night with a drink from the market and dancing in the plaza. Bonus points if you bust out that signature dance move. You know the one we're talking about. See who is coming up next.

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Celebrate First Fridays

Don't miss out on Santa Cruz's most vibrant event series of the summer.

With free live music, a street festival, great food, and tons of family-friendly activities, each month is different. Check out June First Friday.


Eat Great Food

Beat the heat with tasty eats.

Visit your favorite spots plus three new ones in Abbott Square including Blue Bunny Tacos (open now) and Daisuke Sushi and Roux Dat Cajun Creole (opening soon).

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Make Something A-MAH-ZING

Drop in Fridays from 6-8pm and Sundays from 1-3pm for hands-on art activities.

Learn a new craft and take home a masterpiece at weekly events. Plus, it's always free (or cheap) for MAH members. Become a member today to get instant access to all events and exhibitions.

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Santa Cruz’s buzzy new Abbott Square

"When Santa Cruz’s Museum of Art and History decided to expand last year, they did it by opening outward, launching a market hall and outdoor community space in Abbott Square, the breezy space adjacent to MAH’s downtown digs."

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Sleepovers? Feminist tours? Custom beer? Museums get creative to engage new audiences

"Within three years, attendance tripled. Audiences of all backgrounds found ways to connect with museums as it presented exhibitions with the help of foster youth, migrant farmers, roller-derby girls, mushroom hunters, surfers and incarcerated artists, among others."

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How 186 seniors building an exhibit on social isolation also built a community

"By recruiting local seniors to design the exhibit, the [MAH] fostered conversations and prompted participants to forge bonds that helped reduce the very social isolation they were working to illustrate."

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An Illustrated Timeline of Chinese Immigration to the US Illuminates a History of Xenophobia

"[The MAH's] Guided by Ghosts asserts that we cannot embrace our identities without knowing our lineage... Those of us who cannot understand how things got so bad in the world today would do well to visit this exhibit."

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