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Current Exhibitions

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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 […]


Planet Ord: April 4 – July 20, 2014

3rd Floor Art Forum Imagine shipping out to war tomorrow. What would your art look like today? Fort Ord – once the largest military base in the American West – was a vital center during the twentieth century. It is now decommissioned and in transition. More than a million people lived and worked at Fort […]


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 […]