Rent the MAH

Right in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, the MAH is the perfect creative venue to host your next birthday party, play music with your band, or share your craft with hundreds of locals looking for inspiration.

Interested in Hosting an Event?
We’d love to talk to you about the best space and find the right fit for your event at the MAH. Tell us your thoughts below.

“I highly recommend the MAH because of the flexibility in outside vendors, helpful and knowledgeable staff, location, and positive energy that is the MAH!”

Keisha Frost — United Way

Rentable Spaces

We can mix and match these spaces to make your event dreams come true.

Rent Atrium2


Our largest indoor space at the MAH. Great for weddings, holiday parties, fundraisers, and other large events. Accommodates up to 250 people.

Rent Secretgarden

Secret Garden

This beautifully-designed space is full of greenery and has a vintage brick building as a backdrop. This is great for wedding ceremonies, summertime mixers, and formal dinners.

Rent Sculpturegarden

Rooftop Sculpture Garden

The only rentable rooftop in downtown Santa Cruz. Great for cocktail hours, corporate celebrations, and small parties. Accommodates up to 50 people.

Rent Gardenroom

Garden Room

This indoor room opens up to the Secret Garden for an indoor/outdoor experience. Great for seminars, lectures, small conferences, and dinner parties. Accommodates up to 80 guests.

Rent Boardroom

Board Room

A private meeting space that's great for executive meetings, non-profit board meetings, and other meetings of up to 20 people.

Event Options

Have your wedding and/or reception on a scenic garden balcony, inside an inspiring exhibition, or outside under the twinkling lights of the Secret Garden.

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Host your next board meeting, book club, or panel in the heart of downtown. Rooms come with projectors, microphones, and a friendly staff there to help you host a successful meeting.

Reserve a space in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz to bring friends and family together for your next party. Pick from spaces that hold 20 people to up to 200 people for your next gathering.

Celebrate your child's birthday at the MAH with crafting, museum exploration, and a private room for up to 30 guests. Choose from one of the three options below.

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1. Painting Party

Let your inner artist out and learn how to make wild painting creations with your friends.

2. Scavenger Hunt Party

Explore the museum for boundless fun. Adventure is around every corner.

3. Slime Making Party

Dig into different colors, textures, and goops as you make fully customizable slime.

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Events in Abbott Square

The family-oriented and open-air Abbott Square is a public space. These areas cannot be rented, but are available for celebrations, get-togethers, and good times on a first come basis.

MAH Rental F.A.Q.

  • A/V capabilities for presentations and film screenings
  • Casual and formal workshop and meeting spaces
  • A full kitchen with 2 ovens
  • Wi-fi throughout the building
  • A stunning rooftop sculpture garden
  • Opportunities to tour museum exhibitions

We aren't great cooks, so we invite you to bring in your own food. You're welcome to bring whatever food you'd like.

Yes, alcohol is allowed onsite. If it's a private party, you're welcome to bring your own alcohol. If your event is open to the public, all alcohol must be provided by Abbott Square Market.

Totally up to you, but we highly recommend it. Our exhibitions are pretty great.

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