Make a Contribution

Support a museum that serves as a thriving community gathering place for more than 130,000 people through rotating art and history exhibitions, visual and performing artworks, public festivals, education and outreach programs, and collaborative cultural celebrations.


We Believe

Our vision for the future is inclusive, accessible, meaningful, and exciting. Together we can make this vision a reality.

We believe art and history have the power to captivate and delight, to heal and inspire, to shed light on who we are and who we aspire to be. Through them, we can forge unexpected connections, and strengthen our community.

We believe that every person has a right to engage with creative and educational experiences on their level, no matter who they are—from our most dedicated museum visitor to the person who takes part in a pop-up experience from the MAH in their own neighborhood.

We believe the MAH should be a welcoming, comfortable space. Every decision we make is guided by that principle, and we continue to learn, grow, and evolve to make sure it is true for all people.

We believe there should be something to inspire each and every one of you—whether you have chosen to take on the mantle of social justice, hope to learn about regional history, or simply appreciate a transformative piece of art. This is our MAH, and it should be for all of us.

We believe in collaboration as a core operating tenet. Together with our partners, collaborators, donors, and volunteers, we can produce exhibitions and experiences that are relevant and enlightening for a broad spectrum of our diverse community

MAH by the Numbers

See what members, donors, and sponsors helped fuel in 2019-2020 in the latest Annual Report.

Ways to Support the MAH


Get free access to the museum and community events, check out great events just for members, and invest in a more connected and creative Santa Cruz County while you’re at it. Annual levels start at $60 and include admission, exhibition previews, exclusive events, discounts, and more.

Individual Giving

Whether you choose to participate in one of our donor circles, support a specific program, or contribute to the annual fund, your generosity enables us to maintain our collections, develop and produce exhibits, and present inspiring and educational programs

Legacy Giving

A planned gift to the MAH is the perfect way to perpetuate your love of art and history and establish a legacy. Planned giving includes any major gift that involves financial or estate planning such as bequests or gifts of securities, retirement assets, life income plans, real estate, or personal property.

Corporate Support

There are a number of ways for businesses to get involved with the MAH, including sponsorship, corporate membership, entertaining opportunities, and matching gifts, all of which provide partners a range of benefits and access to the museum.

In-Kind Support

The MAH benefits enormously from in-kind gifts that provide non-cash support for a wide variety of needs. A member of the development team will be happy to assist you in coordinating your in-kind contribution.

Your Support in Action

The MAH is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and your donation or membership is fully tax-deductible.

The MAH’s tax ID is 94-2718861.

Support the MAH

Help the MAH inspire wonder and delight in unexpected spaces throughout the community