Friday, March 27, 2015

Cartoon Love: Charles Schulz Museum


When we were in California over March Break, we had a chance to visit the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.  Lily has been involved in a “quiet cartooning club” this school year and loves graphic / cartoon novels so I was glad we could include a visit to this gem of a museum.


This amazing mural is created by Yoshiteru Otani. It is composed of 3,588 ceramic tiles of cartoon strips published between 1956 to 1988. The cartoon tiles are placed in such a way that the dark cells compose the secondary football scene.


Below, you can see a close up of the tiles as found in the restrooms.

IMG_8127 The museum has an excellent collection of Peanuts memorabilia and history of Schulz’s influences.






Schulz’s studio has been recreated, below:


Upstairs, is a large studio and educational centre. Children are encouraged to work on cartoon strips and this month’s project: cute dog house origami, pictured below.




IMG_8162 IMG_8163 Next to the museum is an ice rink “Snoopy’s Home Ice” (above right) and a well stocked gift shop. The shop stocks a number of interesting items from Japan and a fabulous selection of all things Peanuts-related, including t-shirts, fabric, banners, and even a sewing machine.


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At the museum, I picked up this catalog from amp! comics “Teaching With Comics” (a guide for parents, teachers, and librarians).  There are a number of new titles being released in 2015, including Woodstock: Master of Disguise in late April.  In addition, the new Peanuts movie will be released in November 2015 (!)snoopyamp snoopyamp2

It is a great museum to visit - especially if you are a Peanuts lover and/or a budding cartoonist. 


Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!


  1. snoopy! lucy! and charlie brown!! and then of course theres linus and sally and peppermint patty.. shroeder, and pig pen! LOVE them all. and woodstock! I look forward every holiday to watching a charlie brown special. what a fun place to visit.
    happy palm sunday

  2. I didn't know about this museum. Charles Schultz grew up in St Paul, Minnesota where there are a lot of Peanuts statues... will be you visiting Minnesota this summer??

    1. I did not realize there was a Minnesota connection. The Museum focused on his life in the Santa Rosa area. I will have to look up those statutes because we will find ourselves in Minnesota this summer. Thank you for the tip Rachel.

  3. Interesting fact his mother was Norwegian...

  4. Thank you so much for posting about this, KJ. I had no idea it existed. I have a collection of vintage Peanuts book and trinkets. It would be a dream to make it there someday. So looking forward to the movie this fall!


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