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Wed, Nov 24, 2021

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season give the gift of the MAH to your friends and loved ones. To celebrate the creativity and abundance of Santa Cruz County we've rounded up some of our favorite MAH publications as well as some awesome NHS Art of the Santa Cruz Speed Wheel merch!

In the mood for giving this holiday season? Support the MAH by gifting a membership or making a donation in someone's name to help us continue developing inspiring, educational programs. Use the code HOLIDAY2021 for 20% off your MAH Friend or Family Membership! This code is valid through the end of the year, as a thanks from us!

Have a MAHvelous Holiday Season!

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MAH Membership

Give the gift of the MAH this holiday season! Purchase a membership in your loved ones name, or get a Family Level Membership to bring your whole family to the MAH! Your loved ones will enjoy our newest exhibitions—from the community-sourced Out of the Ashes and dazzling Ocean of Light: Submergence to Queer Santa Cruz, which documents the history, contributions, and impact of our LGBTQ+ community. Also get free or discounted admission to some of our exciting upcoming events in 2022, including the Return of the Beyond the Grave series, Late Night @ the MAH, the Santa Cruz History Fair, and new CommonGround festival. Join today and enjoy unlimited free museum admission, special viewing access, exclusive programming, and other benefits! Join today and enjoy unlimited free admission, special viewing access, exclusive programming, and other benefits!

To support the MAH’s work, please consider a financial contribution if you can, either by purchasing a membership or making a donation. Your gift, at any level, will make a difference. Our sincerest thanks to those of you who have already generously given!

MAH Publications

Can't think of something to gift that is both entertaining and informative? Look no further, written alongside historians, politicians, environmentalists, and superstar community members the MAH publishes books on the history of Santa Cruz County every year! Get to know the history behind Santa Cruz County and California from local authors and historians!

These publications cover everything from the stories of local bands to the preservation of Santa Cruz's landscapes. Combining years of research and collections of personal stories these publications share the full, often untold, stories of Santa Cruz County.

Buy any of the following publications online at our MAH E-Store or at the Museum front desk during regular visiting hours!

Art of the Santa Cruz Speed Wheel Merch

Looking for some limited edition NHS and Santa Cruz Skateboards merchandise and skate gear? In honor of our exhibtion, The Art of the Santa Cruz Speed Wheel, the MAH has partnered up with NHS Inc. and Santa Cruz Skateboards to release limited edition merch!

Come check out some limited edition skateboards, graphic novels, zines, and skate-inspired jewelry! All gear is directly inspired from our exhibition, The Art of the Santa Cruz Speed Wheel. Step into the studio of legendary Santa Cruz artist Jim Phillips, creator of the iconic Screaming Hand artwork, and browse work largely unseen since 1984! This exhibition will be on view through January 2022, make sure to stop by and bring your friends and family this holiday season!

Give the Gift of a Local Experience

Set out or stay in, there is a lot to enjoy in Santa Cruz County. The MAH currently oversees and maintains three historical offsite locations in Santa Cruz County. Evergreen Cemetery, Davenport Jail, and the historic Octagon building found on the plaza of Abbott Square bring art and history outside the museum walls. Check out their unique visiting schedules and addresses below to plan your visit this holiday season!

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Historic Evergreen Cemetery

Taking a hike out and around Harvey West park? Don't forget to stop by Evergreen Cemetery and check out one of the oldest cemeteries in California! Many of the adventurous people who arrived in the 1800s; gold prospectors, artists, Chinese immigrants, mountain men, forgotten pioneers and more are buried in Evergreen Cemetery. They helped change Santa Cruz into the growing modern city it is today. Take a self-guided walking tour to learn more about Santa Cruz history.

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Davenport Jail

Take a cruise up highway 1 and make the Davenport Jail a pitstop on your drive! This 1914 two-room county jail was used only twice. Set in the old whaling village of Davenport, it is a small reminder of rowdier times. The location is between Ocean Street and Davenport Avenue on Cabrillo Highway, just across a tasting room and cafe!

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Abbott Square & the Octagon

The MAH's outdoor public plaza, Abbott Square boasts restaurants, bars, and unexpected connections with local art & history. Recently reopened for outdoor dining. Check out the many lives the historic Octagon building found out on the plaza! Also, MAH members don't forget to use your Downtown Discounts while out and about Downtown Santa Cruz!

Thank you for Reading!

If you enjoyed this gift guide be sure to share it with friends and loved ones. You can tag us on social media @santacruzmah. And, if you want to support the MAH consider making a donation or becoming a MAH Member.

The MAH is open. Not only our doors—but our institution. We are open-minded, open-hearted, and open to all people. Come find your space with us.