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“A great little museum!”

Museum of Art & History
Ranked #21 of 83 things to do in Santa Cruz
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Owner description: Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.
Waitakere city
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great little museum!”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

The stand out features of this museum are its focus on the local, a layout that really suits its exhibits and interactivity that fits without glitz and razzmatazz. If you're travelling on 1 from LA to San Fran (or San Fran to LA) take the time to stop in Santa Cruz and while you're there be sure to visit this museum.
It doesn't try to do everything but what it does do it does really well and it really helps you to understand what Santa Cruz is all about.
I'll go back next time I'm in town.

Visited October 2013
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Cupertino
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Local History”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Visited the Museum on a Sunday afternoon. Wasn't very crowded, so had free reign over several of the exhibits.

It's actually a pretty small museum, so you can easily see all four of the exhibits in a couple hours. I really liked the one about local Santa Cruz history. It covered events like the 1906 earthquake and how it destroyed several buildings in the current downtown area where the Museum is located. It gave a very good picture of how the town and community evolved and came to be. There was also a nice little sculpture garden on the roof and a couple rotating exhibits which were ok.

Visited July 2013
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Booming, successful, unlike any other!”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Range of artworks/shows/exhibitions. Encourages locals (and others!?) to participate in a variety of activities. Director has done an amazing job!

Visited July 2013
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“a must for the whole family, visit the Museum..”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Nina Simeon has done a wonderful job since she took over the leadership role a few years back..She makes the Museum fun and family friendly..We have a first Friday the 2nd Friday of the Month and the Museum plays a big part in showcasing itself..Music and Dance in the court year..Jazz Music on the inside..always a fun and interesting Exhibit going on..this Summer a Art Market on the weekend..don't miss the Museum on your trip to Santa Cruz, Downtown, easy access to everything and very affordable, much for free and the kids love all the interactive things to do...Thanks Nina for all you do for our community...wonderful you.

Visited July 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The Whole Family will Love it.”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

A Santa Cruz must visit/see is the Museum of Art and History. The new director is committed to hands-on people involvement to raise interest in both aspects.

Being centrally located in the downtown area, you can take a tour and have lunch afterward.
The museum has something for everyone. Climb-able art on the third floor with a beautiful sun-lit patio where you can view the art and eat a snack there as well. (Eating is not allowed in the Museum).
The younger children can visit 'Grandmother's Closet' where they can try on old clothes in a nook outfitted with decorations from an older time. Photographic exhibits are a staple with random pictures of community members hanging in the stairwell.
The history exhibits , including one about logging, detail local history very well.

Visited June 2013
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