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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 […]

Nikki McClure, Conspire (2003)

Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path 1996-2013: February 28-May 25, 2014

2nd Floor Solari Gallery What can you make with an exacto knife and black paper? Nikki McClure transforms these humble materials into extraordinary graphic stories of daily life. Transcending everyday experiences like knitting, pond swimming and star-gazing, McClure creates striking depictions of otherwise missed moments. It all began with a calendar illustrating foraged foods printed […]

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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 […]

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 […]