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Museum of Art & History

705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
+1 831-429-1964
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Small, interesting, but could use updating

I've wanted to visit this museum for a long time, & my first reaction was that it's much smaller... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Now part of Abbott Square

The MAH recently renovated the square to include a handful of places to eat, a tap room and a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good20%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“exhibits” (28 reviews)
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705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
+1 831-429-1964
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I've wanted to visit this museum for a long time, & my first reaction was that it's much smaller than anticipated. Not a criticism, but I was surprised. The $10 fee is reasonable & we enjoyed our stay of about one-&-a-half hours. The exhibit spotlighting...More

Thank JamaisVu
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The MAH recently renovated the square to include a handful of places to eat, a tap room and a bar. It's a nice little addition. Nothing ground breaking. But a fun place to drop in for oysters and a beer, or a cocktail and snack...More

Thank mikemurrow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Disappointing and depressing exhibits about the treatment of Native Americans and the plight of children who go through the foster care system. Interesting and informative, but not enjoyable.

Thank jeff573
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Love the third floor with the indigenous people and history of Santa Cruz. Becoming interactive and participatory. Think it was only $10.

Thank SanMo
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is a place that encapsulates the city perfectly -- it's definitely different, but in a good way. History gallery is not a parade of old white guys (and it's an interesting place), art exhibits are off beat, sometimes a little shocking, but always very...More

Thank Kate320
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a small museum that presents changing displays that outline the history of the Santa Cruz city and surrounding areas. It includes displays on logging, tanning, Chinese and Mexican laborers and historical figures for which many places retain their names.

Thank Lee G
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great art museum that showcases local and worldwide artists. It also has a fantastic exhibit on the history of Santa Cruz county.

Thank ms mama l
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The museum director is taking this Museum in a new and interesting direction. First Friday evenings are great fun. Kids activities are spot on. Often activities are more interactive then your normal museum experience.

Thank Anne w
Reviewed 10 March 2017

If you want some history on the settlement of the Santa Cruz area you will enjoy the second floor of this museum. Lots to look at and read about. There is also a nice gallery of art by a female Chinese artist. Art on the...More

Thank Careermanzz
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

It was a rainy morning... so I took the opportunity to visit the Museum of Art and History. Not being from California, i found the angry hand exhibit on the third floor fascinating! Never been a skate boarder... but very interesting. The second floor was...More

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23 July 2015|
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Response from pamelamR4732JY | Reviewed this property |
Update. The history exhibit is closed until September for setting a new exhibit. Check out the website for music and other fun events sponsored by the MAH.