Santa Cruz

Museum of Art And History, Santa Cruz

  • Exhibit describes native peoples, the Mission period, early immigrants, and early industries
  • Location: McPherson Center, 705 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz (corner of Front and Cooper Streets)
  • Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday
  • Admission: $5 general admission; $3 adults, students (18 and older), and aeniors (62 and older); $2 children 12-17; free for Museum members and children under 12. Free admission days on the first Friday of each month
  • Call (831) 429-1964
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Santa Cruz Archaeological Society

  • A non-profit organization working with multiple agencies to survey, record, and monitor local prehistoric and historic resources
  • One of its goals is to provide education on recent and ongoing archaeological finds and theories
  • Lectures, slides, and films on local and other archaeological topics are presented at monthly general meetings provided free of charge to the public
  • Anyone with an interest in archaeology is invited to join SCAS and be a part of the effort to preserve the past for the future.
  • Meets at the Sesnon House at Cabrillo College in Aptos on the third Thursday of each month except July and August
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Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History

  • Exhibits and programs on the diverse cultural and natural history of the Santa Cruz region
  • Features exhibits on Native Americans and local natural history
  • Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz
  • Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $2.50 adults, $1.50 seniors, 18 and under and members are free
  • Call (831) 420-6115
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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

  • Complex of buildings erected around the original Santa Cruz Mission
  • Location: 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. Take Mission Street to Mission Plaza; the adobe is located one block off the plaza on School Street.
  • Call (831) 429-2850
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Wilder Ranch State Park

  • Historic dairy ranch provides an excellent example of the coast dairies industry, and also has a Mexican-period adobe structure
  • Location: north of Santa Cruz, immediately west of Highway One, just 1 mi. or so past the Western Drive stoplight
  • Open daily until sunset
  • Call (831) 423-9703
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