Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz

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1st Friday - free day, featuring live music and craft activities for the whole family.

3rd Friday - evening themed events featuring artists and performers throughout the region in hands-on workshops and wild experiences.

2nd Saturday - family art workshops and Researchers Anonymous history discussions during the day
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  • August 13, 2017
    The MAH recently renovated the square to include a handful of places to eat, a tap room and a bar. It's a nice little addition. Nothing ground breaking. But a fun place to drop in for oysters and a be...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Disappointing and depressing exhibits about the treatment of Native Americans and the plight of children who go through the foster care system. Interesting and informative, but not enjoyable.  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    Love the third floor with the indigenous people and history of Santa Cruz. Becoming interactive and participatory. Think it was only $10.  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    A good place to take kids for the activities. Interesting history and art.
  • November 6, 2016
    This is one of my new favorite museums of all time. It's a small-ish museum that does double duty as both an art and a history museum but it does it well and does it in such a way as to make it look like, say, the Getty or the Guggenheim. I really mean it. The exhibits were so skilfully selected and it was just a tremendously fun time spending the evening there and I look forward to coming again.
  • December 20, 2016
    Small museum with rotating exhibits. Takes about 1 hour to go through. Costs 5$ for admission, 3$ for students. They have elevators for wheelchair accessibility.
  • January 10, 2017
    What a wonderful place I could spend hours there and the people are great too.
  • February 26, 2017
    Nice Museum with good local art and historical information about the Santa Cruz County Area.

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