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Address: 705 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-429-1964
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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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Fascinating memorabilia!

Great, exhibits with opportunities to contribute. We saw "Dear Jerry" and "Three Princes from Hawaii." Also an ecological, interactive display.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Carmichael, California
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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great, exhibits with opportunities to contribute. We saw "Dear Jerry" and "Three Princes from Hawaii." Also an ecological, interactive display.

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Not your typical museum, in a good way. Lots of interactive and discovery spaces as well as thoughtful exhibitions and space for reflection and hanging out. Very community based but good for tourists to Santa Cruz wanting some time away from beach, eating and shopping to spend some time learning about the community and finding spaces for quiet or conversation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I went to opening of the re-designed Abbot Square in June. It was great! The museum is working to become a social and art center. It will activate Abbot Square with events and businesses in a model similar to the San Pedro Square Market in Downtown San Jose!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The Museum of Art and History opened a new chapter in the appreciation of artistic culture in Santa Cruz when Nina Simon became executive director. This young woman has astounded the town with the ingenuity and eclecticism of the displays she has organized. Now the Museum, which contains one of the most fascinating displays of local historical artifacts, also provide... More 

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Manteca, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Wonderful exhibit for Grateful Dead fans! Things from the Memorial to Jerry Garcia, the skeletons from the Touch of Grey video and many interactive things.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

They have a great historical exhibit as well as very creative and innovative art exhibits. I love their community events and kid programs. Join if you live in SC and want to meet great folks.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Give yourself plenty of time to explore the history of Santa Cruz. Be sure to read one of Sandy Lydon, the history dude's books before you go and you will get much more from your visit. Fishermen, Italians. Chinese, logging and redwoods.

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Santa Cruz, California
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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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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
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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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