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Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
+1 831-429-1964
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Interesting exhibits and great location

Always enjoy visiting and then stopping at The Octagon for coffee afterwards. Close to downtown... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
Santa Cruz, California
Exhibit Lost Childhoods is worth a visit

The exhibit was open during a company party. While we had been to Abbotts Square, we had never... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2017
Santa Cruz, California
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Three floors with permanent history gallery, rotating art and issue-driven exhibitions, and community events several times per week.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
+1 831-429-1964
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Always enjoy visiting and then stopping at The Octagon for coffee afterwards. Close to downtown Santa Cruz...Pacific Avenue...shopping and restaurants.

Thank CBeattie14
Reviewed 20 December 2017

The exhibit was open during a company party. While we had been to Abbotts Square, we had never ventured in to the MAH. So thankful we did. The Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth was impressive. You felt like you were talking to each...More

Thank JeriLG
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We were invited to the MAH to see the exhibit: Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum: July 7 2017 – December 31 2017. It was very moving. Foster youth are often forgotten and they feel ignored at...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I've wanted to visit this museum for a long time, & my first reaction was that it's much smaller than anticipated. Not a criticism, but I was surprised. The $10 fee is reasonable & we enjoyed our stay of about one-&-a-half hours. The exhibit spotlighting...More

1  Thank JamaisVu
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

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 beer, or a cocktail and snack...More

Thank mikemurrow
Reviewed 19 July 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.

Thank jeff573
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Love the third floor with the indigenous people and history of Santa Cruz. Becoming interactive and participatory. Think it was only $10.

Thank SanMo
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is a place that encapsulates the city perfectly -- it's definitely different, but in a good way. History gallery is not a parade of old white guys (and it's an interesting place), art exhibits are off beat, sometimes a little shocking, but always very...More

Thank Kate320
Reviewed 22 May 2017

This is a small museum that presents changing displays that outline the history of the Santa Cruz city and surrounding areas. It includes displays on logging, tanning, Chinese and Mexican laborers and historical figures for which many places retain their names.

Thank Lee G
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Great art museum that showcases local and worldwide artists. It also has a fantastic exhibit on the history of Santa Cruz county.

Thank ms mama l
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22 July 2015|
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Response from pamelamR4732JY | Reviewed this property |
Update. The history exhibit is closed until September for setting a new exhibit. Check out the website for music and other fun events sponsored by the MAH.