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Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center

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General Agency Information
Name:Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center
Alternate Name(s):MAH
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Address:705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-429-1964
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Tuesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Description:The Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center has a vision to become a thriving, central gathering place where local residents and visitors have the opportunity to experience art, history, ideas, and culture. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) started as a merger between two organizations–the Santa Cruz Historical Society (founded in 1954) and the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County (founded in 1981). All of our new events and exhibitions are created in partnership with community collaborators. If you have any questions or ideas about this transformation that you'd like to discuss in person, drop by the Museum 11-5, Tuesday thru Sunday, or contact any of us directly.

We are inviting you to collaborate, contribute, and co-create parts of our exhibitions with us. In addition to the four galleries located at the McPherson Center, the Museum owns and maintains two historical sites, the Davenport Jail and Evergreen Cemetery where monthly tours enable the public to learn about the richness of our community's past in an interactive manner. The Museum also offers a history archive.

The Museum of Art and History develops active learning experiences which influence and enhance our lives through the exploration of cultural, artistic and historical perspectives and interests of the diverse Santa Cruz County community.

There is a special emphasis on education for all ages. Programs and opportunities are implemented to encourage appreciation and understanding of artistic experience and regional history.

FEES: Most programs are free or charge minimal fees. Admission: $5 General, $3 Teens, Students, and Seniors (62 & older). Museum members and children under 12 are free.
Programs:Call 831-429-1964 x 7020 or e-mail to book a school program

The Archive is open by appointment and offers research material pertaining to all aspects of Santa Cruz County history. Please contact us at 831.429.1964 x19 or for any research requests.

The Museum offers a wide range of educational resources that enable teachers to enhance their students' learning at the Museum and in the classroom. Art boxes bring students face to face with the magic of exploring real art works on the exciting topic of Outdoor Landscape Painting. Bring MAH into your classroom with our thematic Trunks and Costume Kits.
Facilities:We provide rentals for:
Meetings, Workshops, Seminars. Specializing in groups from 10-60 in our Community Board Room and Auditorium.
Lectures, Films, Presentations, Accommodating up to 80 guests in our Auditorium
Special Occasions Cocktail Parties, Receptions, and Celebrations for up to 250 in our Atrium, Rooftop Sculpture Garden, and Patio.

Amenities include:
A/V capabilities for presentations and film screenings
Casual and formal workshop and meeting spaces
A full kitchen with 2 stoves
Wi-fi throughout the building
A stunning rooftop sculpture garden
Opportunities to tour museum exhibitions
Call us at 831-429-1964 x7023 or send an email to to discuss your next event.
Volunteer Info:To learn more about the Volunteer Program at the MAH, please attend one of our monthly Volunteer Orientations.
Orientation is held every 2nd Saturday of the month at 11:30am.
Languages other than English:None
Accommodations for Disabled:Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Two Blocks
Eligibility:Open to All
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz

Nina Simon
Executive Director
831-429-1964 ext. 7018

Subject Headings
Art Galleries/Exhibits
Art Museums
Arts and Culture
Arts Appreciation
Cultural Heritage Programs
Educational Programs
Facilities/Community Centers
Film Presentations
Government Agencies
Historic Preservation
Information Services
Library Services
Natural History Museums
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified June 28, 2016

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