Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa

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Visit Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, dedicated to "Peanuts" comics and featuring 7,000 original comic strip drawings and various artwork. See the recreation of Schultz's work area, with his original drawing board. You'll meet the evolving personae of Snoopy, carved in a 43-layer wooden sculpture, and see a mural of Lucy and Charlie Brown containing 3,588 comic strip images painted on 5 x 20 cm (2 x 8 in) ceramic tiles. You can learn to become a cartoonist in the education room, where hands-on activities invite would-be artists of all ages (it's included with the price of admission). Browse through original artworks created for the comics, see Shultz's personal items, such as his hockey jersey and cartooning trophies and awards, and take a walk through a labyrinth in the shape of Snoopy's head. You'll find other treasures outside the museum, including a cafe and ice skating arena. Please check website for up-to-date hours. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center by using our Santa Rosa trip itinerary planner.
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  • Wonderful ‘rainy day’ activity and entertainment for young ones. Kids loved the interactive areas! Saturday can be very busy - get there early. Also, bring you’re own snacks!  more »
  • The old comic strips and sketch's of the characters are wonderful. Well designed history of the strip and the original books and toys. For me, the best part was this large wall of comic strips that wi...  more »
  • This is a very memorable place to visit. The history and archives in this building are amazingly preserved. We didn't ice skate or eat, but we did check out the museum and gift shop. They had it all d...  more »
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  • Very welcoming and helpful staff. Great vibe and lots of activities for kids. They have a Museum Monday event for children that includes different art projects being set up throughout the museum as well as a free play area. There is also a lovely gated area where kids can run and play with the oversized Charlie Brown and friends statues. Pricing is very affordable, at $5 for a per person and free for accompanying adults on Museum Mondays, of you arrive before 10am.
  • The Charles Schulz museum is a wonderful place to explore, learn, and have fun. It showcases the life of Schulz and his comic, Peanuts. The museum is decorated wall-to-wall with original comics, antique peanuts merchandise, and information. Some areas are also interactive for smaller kids to jump and play on. The museum is quiet small, and can be explored in less then a day. The staff are extremely friendly and show a lot of love and passion for the please they work at. There are three buildings to explore; the main museum (which cost money to get in), the ice rink and puppy cafe, and the large gift shop. Parking is free and the place isn't usually crowded and a great place to explore with plenty of shade and sitting areas. A must go for any lover of comics and cartoons.
  • Neat little museum that's a nice tribute to one of the most beloved comic artists of our time. Enough activities to amuse kids and some history and insights for adults. Good if you're a fan of the strip.
  • I was pleasantly surprised at how well done this museum is! It was beautifully laid out, and very kid-friendly, with several hands-on exhibits and an auditorium showing familiar Peanuts features continuously. I visited alone, but I will definitely be back with my kiddos!
  • Not flashy. Those with ADD will be done in 15 minutes. For those who can appreciate mastery and genius, four hours is not enough time to browse. What a wonderful place!

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