The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Past Exhibitions


Toy Trains: December 4th- December 27th, 2015

1st floor Atrium Join us for the 10th year of dynamic operating toy trains. The 10th year of train lovers of all-ages getting to operate the set. The 10th year of art and history coming together in an interactive, delightful exhibit. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up-headlight flashing, drive […]

Día de los Muertos Community Ofrenda: October 11th-November 30th

1st Floor Lezin Gallery This interactive exhibit invites members of the community to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on by bringing a photograph, memento or special object to place on our communal Day of the Dead altar. We built this altar in partnership with Vive Oaxaca.


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 – November 29, 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 […]


Dear Jerry: May 1 – August 23, 2015

2nd Floor Solari Gallery When you’re a fan, how do you show your love? Fans of The Grateful Dead followed Jerry Garcia around the world like a pied piper. They wrote poems, created intricate fan art and ran an underground economy. An entire subculture exploded around one band and their music. They even have their own […]

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