The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Family Events

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Princes of Surf

Princes of Surf Walking Tour

September 19, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Historians Geoffrey Dunn and Kim Stoner on a walk tracing the steps of the 3 princes in 1885. Where did they live? Where did they shape their boards? Where did they paddle out? Find out where they made history right here in downtown Santa Cruz. Meet at the MAH at 10:00 am. Wear comfortable […]


MAH Around Town: Mole & Mariachi Festival

September 19, 2015
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the Mole & Mariachi Festival at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and find the MAH for a fun art activity! Competing chefs prepare mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There will be live music, dance, activities for kids, craft vendors and more. The Mole & Mariachi […]


Legacy Day at Evergreen Cemetery

September 19, 2015
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

*Please note that this is not at the MAH, but at Evergreen Cemetery (across from Harvey West Park) Let’s honor those who have shaped Santa Cruz history. Join us as we celebrate and reconnect families who rest at the Evergreen Cemetery grounds. This year’s honoree is the Gifford family. Asa Gifford wagoned from Illinois to Santa Cruz […]

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Family Art Workshop: Sugar Skulls

October 10, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a workshop of festive fun here at the MAH! Create sugary sweet tokens with family and friends in remembrance of those who have passed. In this traditional Mexican Folk Art workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make and decorate sugar skulls to bring home […]


GLOW: Digital Night

October 16, 2015
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

*This is a two day festival. GLOW: A Festival of Fire is Saturday October 17th.* Purchase Advanced Tickets HERE. The museum will be electrified with glowing dances, laser magic tricks, projections, LED sculptures, and interactive digital art. INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES: Astro Botanicals with Stanton Clark are inflatable space plants shaped like classical ornamental flowers with a blooming […]

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