The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Wednesday, February 10: Open 11am – 5pm
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Current Exhibitions

To learn more about an exhibition, please click on its title.


Strength & Struggle: December 18th, 2015 – February 7th, 2016

2nd Floor Solari  When you struggle, how do you find strength? Find power in the stories of boxers, Derby Girls, transgender performance artists and women skaters. These artists knit together body, mind, and spirit. They transform themselves through action. They fight social and familial expectations with strength. Bodies become a site for personal struggle and self-realization.  Dive […]

Zeke-Smith-poisonous High Res

Wild Mushrooms & Functional Fungi: December 4th, 2015 – March 20th, 2016

3rd Floor Art Forum Mushrooms: good on pizza, sometimes psychedelic, and also the world’s oldest and most uncelebrated tool. See how mushrooms push fungal forms: as bricks, as environmental cleaning tools, as vibrant dyes. Today, mushrooms have become a pioneering tool for designers,a  subject for artists, and important biotechnology for scientists. Explore how these fungal […]

Henrietta Shore, Women of Oaxaca, 1910, Lithograph
Gift of Ruth Frary

Shuffle Show: Henrietta Shore

2nd floor landing Shuffle Shows are curated by the community. Guest curators select artworks from the museum’s collection to create temporary exhibitions.  About the work “To be true to nature one must abstract. Nature does not waste her forms. If you would know the clouds, then study the rocks.” Henrietta Shore (1880-1963) The natural beauty of […]

Peters Moment of Transcendence image by Garcia

Moment of Transcendence, 2015

Danielle Peters Paper Installation What moment transformed your life? Danielle asked her Boys and Girls Club students and MAH visitors at 3rd Friday: Beyond Borders to answer this question through drawing and writing. She folded, cut and arranged each individual moment together to form this collaborative sculpture. Read an interview with Danielle here. See images from the work […]


History Gallery

Long-term exhibit; History Gallery 2nd Floor.   Who makes history?  This gallery shares stories of people who made history here in Santa Cruz County. Farmworkers and fishermen. Street performers and surfers. Native Ohlone and migrants from around the world. Santa Cruz County is home to dreamers, artists, and activists. In this gallery, you will meet […]

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