Friday, March 27, 2015

Cartoon Love: Charles Schulz Museum

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Schulz’s studio has been recreated, below:

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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.

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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. 

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Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

6 comments:

  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
    xoxo
    vivian

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  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??

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    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.

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  3. Interesting fact his mother was Norwegian...

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  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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