The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Current Exhibitions

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Site-Sound: March 6th – June 21st, 2015

3rd floor Art Forum Gallery Site-Sound is a musical universe waiting for you to look, listen, touch, and play.  Explore a landscape of musical artworks made up of materials of the unusual and the everyday. You’ll find custom electronic speakers, hand-blown glass, found objects, reclaimed pianos and digital printing. Make your way through a sonic […]

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The Butterfly Effect, 2014

Atrium Lea de Wit, hand-blown glass Courtesy of the Artist Glass artist Lea de Wit created this installation as an homage to the Monarch butterfly.  Disappearing food sources and habitat loss due to climate change threaten the survival of the Monarch butterfly.  “The Butterfly Effect” is the idea that something as small as the flutter of […]


Dear Jerry: May 1 – August 23, 2015

2nd Floor Solari Gallery When you’re a fan, how do you show your love? Fans of The Grateful Dead followed Jerry Garcia around the world like a pied piper. They wrote poems, created intricate fan art and ran an underground economy. An entire subculture exploded around one band and their music. They even have their own […]

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 […]