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About MOD

The SCCMOD team works to serve our community better each and every day.

Exceptional Programming and Learning Opportunities:

  • Provide hands-on manipulative experiences geared to a variety of interest levels and learning styles

  • Showcase special exhibits on a rotating basis

  • Utilize state-of-the-art learning theories and research to provide high quality exhibits

  • Feature exhibits that incorporate tiered learning to engage and involve children and those who accompany them

Positive Physical Presence and a Community Resource:

  • Be a year-round bricks and mortar facility of permanent exhibits that is environmentally sustainable.

  • Be an aesthetically pleasing and engaging environment

  • Include a mobile museum unit that will take exhibits out into the community to schools, childcare centers and daycare facilities

  • Provide opportunities for school and daycare groups to visit the museum for special presentations

  • Include community event space as well as professional development and seminar space

Fully Utilize the Unique Contributions of the Santa Cruz Community:

  • Seek community input in order to define and meet the needs of the greater Santa Cruz County Community.

  • Seek exhibit underwriting from local businesses, community organizations and community members

  • Partner with local museums, fraternal organizations and other entities that share a similar mission

  • Work with volunteers from local high schools, Cabrillo College and UCSC and the community at large, with the goal of providing a high quality volunteer training program


  • Provide exhibit information in Spanish as well as English

  • Present exhibits that are culturally relevant

  • Provide museum event opportunities and create outreach to underserved populations in Santa Cruz County

Diverse and Sustainable Funding Stream:

  • Be funded through admissions, museum memberships, private donations, foundation grants and available public funds

  • Include a for-profit enterprise in the way of a gift shop

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