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.

Volunteer Opportunities


Lend a hand at the MAH and plug into a creative community of people like you.

Volunteers at the MAH are on the frontlines of events, exhibitions, and unforgettable experiences for our community. When you’re volunteering here, you directly help to build a stronger, more connected Santa Cruz County– whether you’re welcoming visitors into a gallery, facilitating hands-on activities, helping to set up a festival, restoring a historic cemetery, or working on a project with staff.

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If you are a current MAH Volunteer, click here to log-in to your portal.

Click here to log your hours.

Event Support

Lend a hand. Bartend. Lead an art activity. Greet folks. Be the MAH’s little (big) helper. We have a lot of events here at the Museum, and we need your personality, your strength, your love of working with people—whatever skill ya got—to help our events run smooth as butter. This is crucial to forging connections […]

Volunteering with School Programs

Empower youth through art and history. Lead energetic, interactive school field trips that fuse Santa Cruz history with dynamic art making. Come build community by volunteering with School Programs! What is a Community Builder? Community Builders are like tour guides, but so much more. You’ll empower youth with immersive explorations throughout our entire museum, integrating both […]

Gallery Hosts

Get people acquainted with the MAH’s local art and history. You’ll hang out with folks in the galleries and orient visitors to the museum by sharing info. Encourage people to look AND touch the interactive parts of exhibitions. You: outgoing, friendly, passionate talking about local art and history and being on your feet for 2 or […]

Evergreen Cemetery

It’s no secret that Evergreen used to be anything but that. But with some serious volunteer-powered digging, planting, and beautifying, Evergreen is seeing its best days as a historic landmark as a resting place for Santa Cruz’ culture-shaping men and women. Help with restoration efforts or with research projects and genealogical inquiries. You: are comfy […]