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Museum of Art & History

Address: 705 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-429-1964
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Ranked #14 of 31 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.

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Jackson, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
68 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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