Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the beloved Peanuts cartoon strip, was a man who touched many lives through his work. At the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, there are exhibits on the man, the characters and the items that they inspired. There are Peanuts animated television specials and interviews with Schulz shown throughout the day in the museum’s 100-seat theater. Outside is a Snoopy Labyrinth in the shape of the dog’s head.
Spark Plug to Snoopy: 100 Years of Schulz
(March 20—September 18, 2022)
At only a few days old, Charles M. Schulz was given the nickname “Sparky” based on the funny pages’ breakout star that year, a racehorse named Spark Plug. The comic strips of his youth continued to play a big part in his life—Popeye, Mickey Mouse, and Skippy are just some of the strips Schulz would later reference as integral to his comic career. In this exhibition, venture back to a world before Peanuts and see original work by the artists who influenced Charles Schulz to believe, “I will be a cartoonist.” This exhibition kicks off the centennial celebration of Charles M. Schulz’s birth on November 26, 1922.
Good Grief! Peanuts and the Art of Feelings (May 11–November 7, 2022)
With the stroke of a pen, Charles M. Schulz captured the full spectrum of human emotion, from the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. A furrowed brow, the downturned mouth, a longing stare—Schulz’s deceptively simple lines need no translation. Heartfelt, funny, frustrated, sad, and content, these universal feelings in Peanuts have resonated with readers around the world for generations. Explore this masterful pen work up close and learn how Schulz channeled the feelings he sought to convey.
In the summer, the Museum is open every weekday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Click here to download ad with $2 off admission!
Charles M. Schulz Museum
1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa
(707) 579.4452 • www.schulzmuseum.org