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Museum of Art & History

705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
+1 831-429-1964
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Very little art, and the history was mostly depressing

Disappointing and depressing exhibits about the treatment of Native Americans and the plight of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Orange County, California
Alwayss, always go to a museum---Never been to a bad museum

Love the third floor with the indigenous people and history of Santa Cruz. Becoming interactive... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Malibu, California
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Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
+1 831-429-1964
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Reviewed 5 days 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 22 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 2 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 9 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 16 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

Thank BuyReallyLow
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This museum admission is only $5 and offers a few floors of exhibits, with a screaming hand exhibit currently as well. There is plenty of local history to see. They also have an exhibit where locals display their unique collections such as flip flops.

Thank tanya p
Reviewed 9 December 2016

My adult stepson and I had a wonderful time exploring this smaller museum, yet is so full of life and wonder! The displays inspire visitors of any age to learn, read and discover. Very beautiful and simple in design. And it is free, by donation...More

Thank Bonnie S
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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.