Found: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

I can check #8 off of my summer bucket list Cheryl and I had a girls day last weekend, and we made a visit to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History to see the "All You Need Is Love" exhibit.  I really enjoyed the visit and was so touched by the message of the exhibit! My favorite room was the first one we visited - it was filled with historical and modern-day love stories from around Santa Cruz...

... a "I love fill-in-the-blank" chalkboard wall - on which (of course) Cheryl and I had to leave our mark!

One wall inside the room asked attendants to write their answer on the wall to the question "what is the craziest thing you've ever done for love?"

...and there were some interesting responses!  Cheryl left a message, too.

I had to leave the room when my favorite Ben Folds love song "The Luckiest" came on because it was just all too much and I wasn't prepared to cry in public.

Moving on to the largest room, we found it filled with large-scale art pieces, photographs, historical artifacts, and so much more... all in keeping with the seemingly limitless love theme.

The tears came back again when I saw the love stories people shared about their furry family members...

I think I enjoyed the interactive features of the exhibit the most... they really got me thinking and sparked some great conversations between Cheryl and I (not that we need much help in that department).

We took the "What's your love style?" quiz... and it was surprisingly accurate, I think!  Whichever color bead you moved over most correlated to the key on the wall describing your love style.  I moved the most pink beads over... my love style was Agape, with a side of mania - ha!  Interesting, considering I don't want to have children!When we got to the 3rd floor of the exhibit, I was delighted to see there was an arts and crafts station to make our own love collage!

There is also a permanent exhibit on the history of Santa Cruz I found very fascinating.  "Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea" - the best description I can think of for this magical place!

I loved the time we spent here, and I really can't wait to see what the next exhibit will be after this one is done in July!