The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in California is dedicated to honoring the personality and style of the internationally-renowned cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz. Father of the famous Peanuts characters, Charles “Sparky” Schulz, had a multi-faceted career in which he was involved with each design stage of his work and connected the world with his family-friendly caricatures. After his passing in 2000, his family used dedicated this beautiful and meaningful space to pay tribute to his extraordinary talent and vision. Next read: Best Things To Do in Santa Rosa, CA Photo: The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

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The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center was established to educate visitors about Charles M. Schulz, his unique place in the history of cartooning, and his contribution to the industry. The Museum aims to increase the awareness and appreciation of his work and offer easy access for scholars and students to primary materials relating to his life and work.

The mission of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center is to display, interpret and preserve the art of Charles M. Schulz through a variety of exhibits, presentations, and programs. The visions of the Charles M. Schulz Museum include communicating the stories, inspirations, and influences of the famous artist, illustrating the scope of Schulz’s multi-faceted career, and building an understanding of cartoonists and cartoon art.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center features a collection of thousands of original artworks created for the Peanuts comic strip, as well as photographs, letters, tribute artwork, and unique Peanuts products, and tribute artwork. Collections highlights include original Peanuts comic strip art, photographs, archival documents, and other multimedia.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum features permanent and temporary exhibits that showcase the life, times and works of Charles M. Schulz. Permanent exhibitions include ‘Schulz’s Re-created Studio’ - a re-creation of Schulz’s studio at One Snoopy Place in Santa Rosa, California, which contains his original drawing board, his personal books, photos, and memorabilia.

The ‘Wrapped Snoopy House’ is a life-sized doghouse wrapped in polyethylene, tarpaulin, and ropes that were created and presented to Jean Schulz by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude after Schulz paid tribute to them in one of his 1978 Peanuts comic strips.

The Snoopy Labyrinth is a labyrinth created in the shape of Snoopy’s head to celebrate the love of Peanuts. Designed to encourage a connection with nature, the maze takes visitors on a journey of self-discovery through a network of pathways that begin at the base of Snoopy’s neck and end in Snoopy’s ear. Photo: The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

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The Museum features a 17 x 22-foot Peanuts Tile Mural by Japanese artist Yoshiteru Otani in the Great Hall. Composed of 3,588 Peanuts comic strip images printed on ceramic tiles, the mural reflects an image of Lucy holding a football for Charlie Brown.

One of the Museum’s most cherished donations, the Nursery Wall is a unique wall of original Schulz art donated by Polly and Stanley Travnicek and includes images of Snoopy and Charlie Brown from Schulz’s formative years.

The Morphing Snoopy Wood Sculpture is another magnificent piece of art designed by Japanese artist Yoshiteru Otani and features 43 shaped and cut layers that reveal the inspiration behind Snoopy and the evolving personas of the canine character, including Spike, Schulz’s childhood pet.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center offers a variety of educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs range from classes in animation, cartooning, character design, and other arts for children and adults, docent-led tour of the Museum and grounds, and workshops where visitors can meet professional cartoonists, learn about different cartooning techniques, and make hands-on crafts. Programs for teens and youth include field trips to the Museum, Classroom Outreach Programs, School Festivals with environmental science and interactive art activities, and Home School and Scout Days.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum offers camps, classes, and workshops where children can work with professional cartoonists to unleash their budding inner artist and include animation, cartooning, acting, hands-on arts and crafts, ice skating, and LEGO Animation!

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center is located at 2301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa, California and is open every day except Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Docent-led tours of the Museum and grounds are available for visitors to get acquainted with the Charles M. Schulz and his lovable cast of characters.

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2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, website, Phone: 707-579-4452 Photo: The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

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