The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Current Exhibitions

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Uncommon Threads: September 4th- December 6th, 2015

2nd floor Solari Gallery How can you wear candy wrappers? Or transform bones into bras? Explore the eclectic and creative style of Santa Cruz. Combining poetic materials in creative ways, local designers defy the runways. These one-of-a-kind pieces adorn the body and change our relationship to everyday materials. See how the past 10 years of […]


Princes of Surf: July 3 – October 25, 2015

3rd Floor Art Forum Gallery We are a city of surf; but the story behind the name doesn’t start with us. It begins with Three Hawaiian princes in 1885. That summer, David Kawananakoa, Edward Keli’iahonui and Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole introduced surfing to the world beyond Hawaii. They rode Santa Cruz waves. Crafted surfboards from our […]

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 […]


Plastic Pledges

Plastic Pledges features four 30″ x 30″ archival pigment prints mounted on aluminum and thirteen plastic jewelry items in shadow boxes by Judith Selby Lange and Richard Lange. This artwork is accompanied by a participatory text-based installation made of fishing nets hanging from the ceiling and paper strips resembling kelp asking the public to pledge […]


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

Long-term exhibit; History Gallery 2nd Floor. Closed for renovation; opening September 18th What’s next? New stories. Our goal is to tell the rich history of Santa Cruz County through new displays, more interactivity, and diverse voices. We’re exploring how history empowers us to build a stronger community, highlighting community members like you who make a difference. […]