Sunday, October 4, 2015

Celebrating 65 Years of Peanuts with a Visit to the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

October 2nd, 2015 brought us the 65th Anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip! There was no better way to celebrate than with a visit to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California!

The museum is a small but solid museum. As we take a look inside you will see the wealth of material dedicated to not only the Peanuts themselves but to the man himself!

From the parking lot, the first thing you see is good old Charlie Brown himself! Of course I had to stop by and take a selfie with this celebrity!

Stepping inside the museum and you are greeted with this large mural of some of the Peanuts characters! Who is your favorite? Mine is Snoopy! He just always seems to get everything his way unless it's dealing with the Red Baron!

In the Great Hall is this amazing piece of art created by Yoshiteru Otani called Morphing Snoopy. It starts on the left with Charles Schulz's childhood pet beagle Spike as the foundation. Spike then begins to morph into Snoopy from the 1950s until the 1990s.

At the end of the hallway is this awesome ceramic tile mural, also created by Yoshiteru Otani. There are 3,588 ceramic tiles that make up this classic image of Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown.

Here is a closer look at the tile mural. Ten years worth of daily strips make up this mural.

In the Downstairs Temporary Gallery, they are showing Animating Comics. They feature two of my favorite Peanuts shorts of all-time.

The first one is, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Here you can learn more about the short.

They even have animation cels from the short.

My other favorite is, "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

They also have animation cels from the short on display.

In the Strip Rotation Gallery you will find these statues of early Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Heading upstairs you will find the Upstairs Temporary Gallery where they are currently showing The Peanuts Movie - From Schulz's Pen to The Big Screen. You get a first hand look at the upcoming movie.

I love the artists sketchbooks they have on display. You can see sketches from the movie's opening as well as sketches of some of the characters in the movie.

Next to this is the Biographical Gallery featuring the life and times of Charles Schulz.

There is also a recreation of Charles Schulz's Studio.

Heading back downstairs to the Great Hall, there is this great quote from Charles Schulz.

Heading over to the Gift Shop and they have Charles Schulz's Walk of Fame Star.

Not only is the gift shop home to an amazing collection of merchandise, make sure you head upstairs to see some of the families private collection of Peanuts merchandise than is not for sale. The second floor is home to this amazing stained glass of Snoopy.

This is a great place to end the tour. There is still so much to see and do here. I hope I gave you a great taste of what this museum has to offer and that you make the trip to visit the Charles Schulz Museum.

Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
2301 Hardies Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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