Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Immersive.  Participatory.  Social.  Experiential.  These are the types of experiences you’ll have when you visit the The Museum of Art and History (MAH) in Santa Cruz, CA.  MAH is a museum on the cutting edge, seeking to create exhibitions that inspire their diverse audience to fully engage with the art and history of Santa Cruz.  They also host fun and affordable events that connect the creative and curious people in the community.

Current Exhibits

Find love at MAH at the All You Need is Love exhibit.  Throughout the museum you’ll find ways that love manifests itself in our everyday lives.  You’ll see artworks from more than 30 acclaimed artists including Joan Brown and Raymond Saunders.  Visit the Love Lounge on the first floor to learn more about famous romantic couples from Santa Cruz and others in love.  Head upstairs to the second floor Solari Gallery to see expressions of both romantic and platonic love, and play games to determine your love style.  One more flight up takes you to the Art Forum Gallery where you can make a collage in the creativity lounge inspired by your amorous experience at the museum.  This exhibit is open now until July 29th.

For a historical look at Santa Cruz county and its people, explore the long-term exhibit Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea:  A History of Santa Cruz County and its People.  This installation explores the county’s history from it’s early days to the present.  Discover what makes Santa Cruz county unique, and learn about the diverse people who have called it home.

Take in dazzling outdoor sculptures in the permanent exhibit in the Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden.  Enjoy the breathtaking views of Santa Cruz and the nearby mountains from this splendid rooftop gallery.

Upcoming Events

For a look at the creative process of local artists, stop by Art Market Saturdays in Abbott Square.  Every Saturday in July MAH features different artists who will showcase their talents before your eyes.  Bring home the very work you watched them create at this family-friendly event.

Are you an artist or a creative person looking to expand your skill set?  Then attend the week-long Radical Crafts and Urban Art Camp from July 30 – August 3.  Here you’ll be introduced to the methods of printmaking, yarn bombing, chalk art, collage and recycled crafts.  Show off your recently acquired skills when your art is displayed during MAH’s 1st Friday evening event on the last day of camp.

Step back in time at the Family Fun Day at Evergreen Cemetery on August 4th.  Explore the Victorian-era headstones and play old-fashioned games.  Sing songs of the era with Steve Bare, and feast on ice cream donated by Polar Bear.

Visiting the Museum

MAH is located in downtown Santa Cruz at 705 Front Street.  They are open Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm.  Open Fridays until 9pm.  They are closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Years Day.   $5 general admission; students, teens and seniors $3.  Free admission on the first Friday of each month.  Group rates and school tours available.  Please go to for more information.

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