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  • Arts & Museums

    »Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

    The vibrant, beach-side community of Santa Cruz is home to a wealth of cultural opportunities and businesses and the Museum of Art & History is a great example of this. The museum holds exhibits from both local and international artists with interactive displays, tours, and workshops. The museum also offers a host of classes and educational programs for children and adults and there is an archive library on-site that houses an incredible amount of historical books, maps and art from South County and Santa Cruz. Be sure to check out the Museum of Art & History website for a calendar of events, exhibits, classes and news. There is also a gift shop on the premises and the venue is available for private rental.

    705 Front Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art

    Established in 2004, the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art led a nomadic existence as it moved many locations. It is now permanently placed at the Tannery Arts Center and features a big exhibition space. The aim of this institute and gallery is to promote awareness of this art form through displays, educational programs, community events and performances.

    1050 River Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History

    Visit woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, and a variety of marine environments as you tour this museum that features many habitats of Santa Cruz through the exhibit area.

    1305 East Cliff Drive
    Santa Cruz, California 95062

    »Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

    One of the most prominent highlights of the Santa Cruz region is its monumental Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. This museum was established in the year of 1986 and ably documents the entire history of surfing. It boasts of more than 70,000 visitors annually. It is well known for its historical account of the surfing and its evolution in Santa Cruz. It also swanks of surfing collections that date back to the earliest periods of surfing in the United States. 

    701 West Cliff Drive
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »R. Blitzer Gallery

    If you appreciate art and like to explore art galleries, a visit to the R. Blitzer Gallery is a must. This modern space that was formerly a warehouse is now a vibrant art space that invites artists from all over to display their collection. The focus here is mainly on local artists and apart from exhibitions, the gallery also hosts poetry readings and similar other events. Check website for more details.

    2801 Mission Street

    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Capitola Historical Museum

    This museum features changing history and art exhibits and offers an extensive collection of historical photographs and artifacts pertaining to Capitola, the oldest restort town in California

    410 Capitola Avenue
    Santa Cruz, California 95010

    »Bigfoot Discovery Museum

    Bigfoot Discovery Museum is the product of efforts by Mike Rugg, an anthropologist and curator of this museum. The museum hosts a library of books that are all dedicated to information relating to Bigfoot. Visitors can have a look at several footprint castings and listen to recordings of frightening Bigfoot howls. The museum is often visited by individuals who have had a Bigfoot encounter or have first hand experience with this ape-like animal. To know more about this frightening creature, visit this museum and listen to the fascinating reports of Mike Rugg.

    5497 Highway 9
    Felton, CA 95018

    »San Lorenzo Valley Museum

    Established in 1999, the San Lorenzo Valley Museum takes visitors through the rich history of the region. The museum occupies a beautiful early 20th-century church building, which was formerly the Grace Episcopal Church. The exhibits touch upon a wide variety of topics from industrial development to the cultural impact of the migrant population. The museum's rich collection is varied, and has everything from artifacts to original photographs. There are educational programs for school children as well. Check website for more.

    12547 State Route 9
    Boulder Creek, CA 95006

    »Art Museum of Los Gatos

    A part of The Museums of Los Gatos, the Art Museum of Los Gatos was established in 1965. This small museum features between six to eight yearly exhibitions which includes regional, national and international artisans. Though there is no permanent collection, these temporary exhibits make an interesting stop to visit.

    4 Tait Avenue
    Los Gatos, CA 95030
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