Last updated: 5/1/2008
Santa Cruz, California
Street Address
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Mailing Address
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
phone: 831-429-1964
fax: 831-429-1954
Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
First Friday of the month 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

General: $5
Students 18+ and seniors 62+: $3
Students 12-17: $2
Museum members, children under 12: free
FREE the First Friday of the month
Museum Type(s)
Paul Figueroa, Executive Director
Theresa Myers, PR/Marketing Coordinator

The Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center is a non-profit educational institution that promotes a greater understanding of contemporary art and the history of Santa Cruz County through its exhibitions, collections, and programs for the benefit of residents and visitors to Santa Cruz County.

Artifact Collections

The Museum houses an array of California contemporary art with an emphasis on Santa Cruz County ceramics.

Research Collections

The Museum houses archives and history collections, manages historic Evergreen Cemetery, the Davenport Jail, and supports local history research through the history library, publications, and the Researchers Anonymous Group. The Museum also administrates The Blue Landmark Awards, which are awarded once a year during National Historic Preservation week.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


The Museum of Art & History publishes books on subjects of local historic interest and exhibition catalogues. History journals, books, and exhibition catalogues can be purchased at the Museum Store during regular visiting hours, or at MAH’s online shop.

The History Publications Committee was formed in the 1970s under the auspices of the Santa Cruz Historical Society, which would later be absorbed by the Museum of Art & History. Publication projects and funding are administered by committee members, consisting of knowledgeable community members and MAH staff.

Fred D. McPherson Jr. The Fred D. McPherson Jr. Publications Fund is a source of funding for MAH publications. Mr. McPherson was approached in 1985 by Stanley D. Stevens, chairman of the publications committee, with a proposal to donate enough money to establish a revolving fund to publish local-history books. McPherson was happy to oblige, and the fund was launched. The first McPherson Fund book was Santa Cruz County Place Names, by Donald Thomas Clark. This publication was an instant success and all proceeds from that project, and all projects since then, have been returned to the Publications Fund to help fund future endeavors.

The Museum produces quarterly newsletters and an annual report for members every year.

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