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Museum of Art & History

705 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA
831-429-1964
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Ranked #20 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Description: Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.
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San Francisco, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
59 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We found the exhibits in the museum to be cute and attention-grabbing; however, there wasn't very much to see. Despite this, the museum is definitely worth an hour or so of your time. If you've got kids, check out the shadow exhibit on the ground floor; they're sure to have a good time.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We are very glad we went to this museum. We learned about the closing of Fort Ord. We really liked the exhibit on immigration and the interactive activities placed on every floor. It is worth $5 and and hour of time to experience this.

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Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Local history is interesting. Does a lot of activities and tries hard to be more. But actual amount of art and exhibits is very limited. More a locals place. Good summer camps for kids.

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Waitakere city
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The stand out features of this museum are its focus on the local, a layout that really suits its exhibits and interactivity that fits without glitz and razzmatazz. If you're travelling on 1 from LA to San Fran (or San Fran to LA) take the time to stop in Santa Cruz and while you're there be sure to visit this... More

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Cupertino
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Visited the Museum on a Sunday afternoon. Wasn't very crowded, so had free reign over several of the exhibits. It's actually a pretty small museum, so you can easily see all four of the exhibits in a couple hours. I really liked the one about local Santa Cruz history. It covered events like the 1906 earthquake and how it destroyed... More

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Range of artworks/shows/exhibitions. Encourages locals (and others!?) to participate in a variety of activities. Director has done an amazing job!

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Nina Simeon has done a wonderful job since she took over the leadership role a few years back..She makes the Museum fun and family friendly..We have a first Friday the 2nd Friday of the Month and the Museum plays a big part in showcasing itself..Music and Dance in the court year..Jazz Music on the inside..always a fun and interesting Exhibit... More

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Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

A Santa Cruz must visit/see is the Museum of Art and History. The new director is committed to hands-on people involvement to raise interest in both aspects. Being centrally located in the downtown area, you can take a tour and have lunch afterward. The museum has something for everyone. Climb-able art on the third floor with a beautiful sun-lit patio... More

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Watsonville, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

In downtown Santa Cruz, this is a nice respite from some of the action. It's not overly large, but the exhibits are first-rate. Santa Cruz is fortunate to have it!!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Art portion closed due to change of exhibition, but entry therefore discounted. History rooms quite interesting and laid-out in an intuitive flow. If one doesn't know much about California history, might be hard to understand some aspects, as the explanations are quite local.

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