Summer Art Series

First Fridays | June– August

Each month in the summer, the Museum will feature a different local artist who is inspired by the natural world of the Santa Cruz region. Learn more.

Pathways Through Our Parks

October 5, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Ann Thiermann’s series of pastels and acrylic paintings invite the viewer to visually linger over the flora and fauna along the pathways of our extraordinarily diverse parks in Santa Cruz County. From river to sea, chaparral to marsh, and rustic to urban, creatures both wild and domestic, marine and terrestrial, historic and contemporary inhabit her park pathways in a variety of seasonal and weather conditions.

The Art of Nature

Every spring, the Museum hosts its beloved annual exhibit of scientific illustration, The Art of Nature. The exhibit highlights the work of several artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of mediums with a wide range of subjects. Meet exhibit artists on the First Friday of May  for a live demonstration of scientific illustration techniques.

Permanent Exhibits

The Museum Permanent Exhibits focus on the natural history of the Santa Cruz region  and the Monterey Bay.  This includes:  Wildlife and Habitats, The Ohlone Peoples, Geology of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay Marine Life, our outdoor Garden Learning Center, and our Santa Cruz Naturalist exhibit.

Special thanks to Donna Meyers and Birdie Hunter, the Pat and Kirk Smith Family, Patty Quillin, Randy Widera, Rick and Cole Jones, Santa Cruz Longboard Union, the Seaside Company, and Steve Mandel and Carol Foote for their support of our Santa Cruz Naturalist exhibit.