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Museum of Art and History


705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 429-1964

Back in the mid-1980s, the Santa Cruz Historical Society and the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County came together to build a museum for art and history at the site of the former county jail.

Though it took a long time, and was delayed by the 1989 earthquake, the McPherson Center for the Arts, which houses the Museum of Art and History, and the adjoining Abbot Square, have transformed downtown Santa Cruz.

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Series on Natural Disasters Comes to Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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The presentation will feature Black Surf Santa Cruz founder Esabella Bonner, Black.Surfers founder Kayiita Johnson and others

The Bracero Legacy Project’s Interdisciplinary Examination of Bracero History Comes to the MAH

‘Transborder’ is a mobile installation that will bring rare 1950s-era photographs of braceros to farmers' markets throughout Santa Cruz County