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Poets, Symbols and Songs: August 1, 2014-October 26, 2014

3rd Floor Art Forum Each year, the County of Santa Cruz honors an incredible creative leader who has made a significant impact in our community. We put our stories down on paper. What stories does paper tell us? 2014 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year John Babcock will share a range of handmade paper work, […]


Shadow Play

1st Floor Lezin Gallery When was the last time you went swimming in a museum? Dive into Shadow Play in our first floor Lezin Gallery to create your own underwater scenes of marine magic and deep-sea mystery. Set the stage for a  gathering of sea turtles and ships by making their cut-outs swim in front of  a […]


Crossing Cultures: Belle Yang, A Story of Immigration: June 6-August 24, 2014

2nd Floor Solari Gallery Imagine a map of your life. Where are you going, and where have you been? Belle Yang traces her path through vibrant paintings, illustrations and graphic novels about her experience as a Chinese American immigrant in Santa Cruz County. With charming depictions, Yang narrates the story of her family’s journey from […]

Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea

Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea: A History of Santa Cruz County and its People

Long-term exhibit; History Gallery 2nd Floor. The Museum’s installation is devoted to a thematic and topical interpretation of county history, from its earliest days to its more recent past. Dedicated to the uniqueness and diversity of Santa Cruz County and its residents, the exhibit describes native peoples, the Mission period, early immigrants, early industries, and […]

Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden

Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden

Permanent Exhibit. The Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden is a new exhibition space designed to showcase outdoor sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection. The rooftop gallery is also an inviting space in which to view Santa Cruz and the surrounding mountains. The garden presently showcases a large scale granite sculpture by Davenport artist Richard […]