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Address: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
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+1 831-429-1964
11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.

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If you want some history on the settlement of the Santa Cruz area you will enjoy the second floor of this museum. Lots to look at and read about. There is also a nice gallery... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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81 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want some history on the settlement of the Santa Cruz area you will enjoy the second floor of this museum. Lots to look at and read about. There is also a nice gallery of art by a female Chinese artist. Art on the top floor takes a special kind of viewer. It appears to be a form of... More 

Thank Careermanzz
Holmen, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

It was a rainy morning... so I took the opportunity to visit the Museum of Art and History. Not being from California, i found the angry hand exhibit on the third floor fascinating! Never been a skate boarder... but very interesting. The second floor was interesting as well - it did a nice job of capturing the "Keep Santa Cruz... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

This museum admission is only $5 and offers a few floors of exhibits, with a screaming hand exhibit currently as well. There is plenty of local history to see. They also have an exhibit where locals display their unique collections such as flip flops.

Thank tanya p
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

My adult stepson and I had a wonderful time exploring this smaller museum, yet is so full of life and wonder! The displays inspire visitors of any age to learn, read and discover. Very beautiful and simple in design. And it is free, by donation only. What a gift to the Santa Cruz community.

Thank Bonnie S
Berkeley, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Much about the ethnic and cultural history of the Santa Cruz area, with very interesting objects. The special exhibits were interesting as well. I stayed more than an hour.

Thank Judith K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

First Friday of every month is free admission at the MAH. Fun to see what they are working on. Strangely, they sell you wine, but when you want to walk around to see the exhibits, they ask you to leave it on an unguarded table or go out on the terrace to finish it. Remembering it's a significant risk to... More 

Thank Linda B
Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I adore this museum, especially on Friday nights when it holds its unique and interactive events. Over five years ago it was a sleepy and traditional museum, until the new director came in and breathed new life into it. It is a new breed of museum, with inclusive and cutting edge events. Every time I go, I see or learn... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I went to an event there that was billed as all-ages. I didn't realize that it was mainly directed at teenagers. They said that there would be tickets at the gate. The event was sold out and no information was given about how to buy advance tickets.

Thank bb_organic
Capitola, California
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

As the name implies it is an art museum and a history museum; and it does both well.I visited MAH on a cloudy March Thursday afternoon and had the place to myself. I had space to photograph and indulge in the current exhibit. I enjoyed learning more about the area I have moved to as well as expand my appreciation... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
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206 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

This wonderful institution has been a key part of the downtown scene for over a decade. There are a variety of static and rotating exhibits that explore the are and history of Santa Cruz country. I have learned a ton about the city in which I grew up, and I appreciate that they are so lovelingly integrated into the city.... More 

Thank Chuck, Santa Cruz

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