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Museum of Art & History

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Address: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
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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Unique and Interactive Museum

I adore this museum, especially on Friday nights when it holds its unique and interactive events. Over five years ago it was a sleepy and traditional museum, until the new... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Seaspudfamily
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I adore this museum, especially on Friday nights when it holds its unique and interactive events. Over five years ago it was a sleepy and traditional museum, until the new director came in and breathed new life into it. It is a new breed of museum, with inclusive and cutting edge events. Every time I go, I see or learn... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to an event there that was billed as all-ages. I didn't realize that it was mainly directed at teenagers. They said that there would be tickets at the gate. The event was sold out and no information was given about how to buy advance tickets.

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Capitola, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

As the name implies it is an art museum and a history museum; and it does both well.I visited MAH on a cloudy March Thursday afternoon and had the place to myself. I had space to photograph and indulge in the current exhibit. I enjoyed learning more about the area I have moved to as well as expand my appreciation... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This wonderful institution has been a key part of the downtown scene for over a decade. There are a variety of static and rotating exhibits that explore the are and history of Santa Cruz country. I have learned a ton about the city in which I grew up, and I appreciate that they are so lovelingly integrated into the city.... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A community gathering place as much as an art showcase, this is a Santa Cruz Cultural BEST. First Fridays are especially a blast here!

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Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

a cute little museum with some santa cruz history and some local artists. On occasion they have featured some local artists whose work has merit.

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Came to the museum to see the historic Hawaiian surfing exhibit and found a full blown dahlia flower show going it. It was such a great surprise. This is not your typical stuffy museum. I have the feeling that events are happening here all the time. The Hawaiian surf exhibit was great but I was really captivated by the dahlias.... More 

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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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