Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
|Location||705 Front Street (Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz, California
|Type||Art and history|
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) is a nonprofit educational institution in Santa Cruz, California, located at the downtown McPherson Center. Its aim is to promote a greater understanding of contemporary art and the history of Santa Cruz County.
The Museum of Art & History aims to promote a greater understanding of contemporary art through its exhibitions, collections, and programs.
The history half of the museum is successor to the Santa Cruz Historical Society (founded in 1954). History holdings include a permanent local Monterey Bay Area history gallery, research library and archive. The history collection has over 7,000 items, with collection guides viewable online.
The Museum includes a history publications arm, established by the Fred D. McPherson Jr. Publications Fund. Publications include periodic issues of the Santa Cruz County History Journal (eight issues as of January, 2016), other local history books, and an Online History Journal.
The Museum also operates three historical structures/sites: Evergreen Cemetery, Davenport Jail, and the Octagon Building. Local history education programs are designed to engage the community and museum visitors.
The current director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History is Nina Simon.