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Museum of Art & History

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Address: 705 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-429-1964
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.

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Bonsai Show annual @ MAH Santa Cruz CA

Annually the last weekend in March (28 & 29 in 2015), the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai club holds its spectacular show of 100s of very fine and old miniature trees, similar to those... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Annually the last weekend in March (28 & 29 in 2015), the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai club holds its spectacular show of 100s of very fine and old miniature trees, similar to those you'd find in Japan. This show gets better each year. My husband and I would have to travel to find older trees. Almost as interesting are the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place did a complete turn around a couple of years ago with the hiring of a new director. Nina Simons has turned this into an interactive modern museum with great links to the community. It is well worth a visit.

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Museum of Art and History just gets better and better. Kudos to the curator and her staff for providing Santa Cruz families with interactive fun and learning. First Fridays are free with music and food available for purchase. Can't imagine a better bargain. And lift to the spirit!

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This museum has the potential to be fantastic. They have a good history section on Santa Cruz, it is only spoilt by the fact that you cannot touch anything and therefore the learning experience for kids is lost. Come on Mrs Curator, give the kids something they can get their teeth into. By the way Emily Chico is a real... More 

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Jackson, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The exhibits change at the gallery; but, it is very clean, well-displayed and parking is close by. Trader Joe's is across the street and metered parking is available along the street.

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Watsonville, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This a museum that you can do more than just look at. Every exhibit has a place for you to interact. Excellent venue to showcase local art

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Santa Cruz, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The scale and scope of creativity might be unmatched as many museums are fussy affairs. The MAH as we locals refer to it is family friendly and a great way to get a feel for community here in the 831. Director Nina Simon is a fantastic resource of all things museum centric, she's an also author of a great book... More 

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Elk Grove, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We took our son hoping there would be something he might like. It only took us about 15 minutes to walk around and we decided it was time to go. This just wasn't something that suited us. It may be great for others.

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california
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Exhibits change often and are always fascinating! I am a docent and LOVE the imaginative exhibits and the docent training. This is an often missed place to visit in downtown Santa Cruz. Especially fun is the electric train exhibit for children at Christmas time

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San Francisco, California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
68 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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