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“Great place to take kids!”

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Ranked #4 of 102 things to do in Santa Rosa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: View the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Visitors can laugh at Schulz’s original comic strips, learn about the art of cartooning and Schulz’s role in its development, view a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio, watch animated Peanuts specials and documentaries in the theater, and draw cartoons in the hands-on education room. The Museum features a Peanuts tile mural (made from comic strips), a wrapped Snoopy doghouse, morphing Snoopy, Snoopy labyrinth, Kite-Eating tree, and three exhibition galleries that change every 6 months.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Great fun for adults and kids alike. Learn the history of Snoopy and his friends. Look for the Snoopy clan all over Santa Rosa too.

Thank dian2a
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The volunteer docents were very knowledgable and approached visitors to share and answer questions. The museum is constantly changing and adding new features.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We arrived later than we planned -- there was a lot of traffic in Santa Rosa! The museum is large, and if you want to read everything, it takes a while. There were interactive exhibits, such as identifying constellations on a big map, which fit with the strips where the Peanuts characters stare at the skies and philosophize. There is a large room for children's activities, including coloring some printed pages of the Peanuts gang. A volunteer was there to show other activities. The tile wall is amazing. A video about the museum was running but we didn't have time to see it. I looked it up online later and found that Schultz had made a film with actors and animated characters, which featured his daughter. I think it is called "The girl in the Red Truck." They have a wall from the house where Schultz and his wife lived when their first child was born. He painted the wall with early versions of Peanuts-like characters, and animals. I liked seeing his office with many personal touches. The outdoor garden has a kite-eating tree -- a tree with a tangle of string and a kite stuck up high in its branches. We did not go to the ice rink or the cafe and gift shop, but after reading the other reviews I wish we had. The gift shop in the museum was disappointing. It had only a few items that I thought were expensive. You can see the selection online.

Thank Marcy U
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

My husband and I visited here a few weeks ago when we were doing a weekend in Sonoma and Santa Rosa. I was interested in seeing the museum as I grew up with the Peanuts characters in comic book and TV form and wanted to see what the museum would be like. I am not a big fan of Peanuts, but I found the museum to be excellent. The building is gorgeous and modern and showcases well all the original comic strips that Schulz created. Don't miss the introductory film narrated by Schulz's wife as to his life and the beginnings of the museum. I was particularly impressed with the huge mural of Charlie Brown, Lucy and the football that is made with 3,588 peanuts comic strip images on 2 x 8 ceramic tiles. This mural is located in the great hall. There are other large murals as well throughout the museum including the huge wooden mural of Snoopy. There is lots of comfortable seating throughout the museum including couches, bean bag chairs, benches, etc. Lots of great information on how and why Schulz created and chose certain subjects for his drawings as well as information on the Peanuts characters. Upstairs there is a recreation of Schulz's office that he used for many years including the same chair and drafting table that he used every day. A very knowledgeable volunteer was in the room with the office and provided interesting stories and information about Schulz. In another room are display cases from his life including information on his hockey playing, the hockey rink he started and the senior hockey league and tournaments. There is quite a bit to see in this museum, so I would plan to spend an hour and a half to two hours. Don't miss the outside garden patio area with peanuts sculptures and Lucy's hat that is placed over Woodstock's birdbath and features fascinating holograms. The visit would not be complete without walking next door to the ice rink and Warm Puppy Café. We watched two teams playing a game of ice hockey for a few minutes and then walked into the small café which features snack and some food items. You can also watch hockey games from the cafe's large glass windows. Charles Schulz came to this café every morning to start out his day and he sat at the same table which has been set aside as a memorial to him and is still there to view. A fire was going in the fireplace the day that we visited which is a nice touch. Next to the ice rink is the visitor center and gift shop which is quite large with many stuffed animals, games, gifts, souvenirs as well as a section with hockey jerseys, hockey sticks, masks, gloves, etc. All in all, a memorable and worthwhile visit that should not be missed if you are ever in the area.

Thank MSWMom50
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Large grounds with three main buildings that are open to visitors. The museum is quite modern and an excellent tribute to Charles Schultz including his life history including highlights, evolution and dedications for his development of the Peanuts characters and the comic strip. The ice rink is somewhat dated, but instrumental in what Schultz did for his home community. Cute snack shop is included with the rink. I could have spent far more time in the gift shop as it offers many high quality items and please MAKE SURE you go upstairs to see the art on display. Our tour guide was a friend of Charles Schultz and he gave a heartwarming, knowledgeable and personal tour. After reading some of the other reviews - parents should note that this is a museum primarily dedicated to the life and work of Charles Schultz and not a Snoopy entertainment venue. I think they are adding a children's play area in the future.

Thank luv2takepics
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