Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa is
home to Snoopy & Charlie Brown
Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301
Hardies Lane ~ Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Tel: (707) 579-4452.
Permanent exhibits at the museum
include Sparky's Studio, Christo Doghouse, Colorado Wall, Morphing
Snoopy, Peanuts Tile Mural and Snoopy Labyrinth.
Rotating exhibits include fun
themes and opportunities for events and community celebrations.
There's so much to love about Santa
Rosa, California. Wineries, culinary experts at world class restaurants,
farm fresh produce, scenic landscapes, concerts and entertainment, and
great thinkers find Santa Rosa inspiring. Among the notables is Charles
M. Schulz, whose legacy is carried on by a museum to honor his works and
esteemed career. The creator of the cartoon, Peanuts, a name he
never liked, wrote many of his cartoon strips in Santa Rosa, where
during his later years.
Schulz's road to fame was long and
well deserved for a prolific cartoonist who fist Li'l Folks strip was
sold to United Feature Syndicate in 1950. Making a mere $90 for
his creation, it was only a few years before recognition and larger
commissions began to roll in for a growing number of Sunday papers
carrying his Peanuts cartoon strips.
Moving from Minneapolis to
Sebastopol, Calif. in 1958, his wife and five children comfortably
settled into the California lifestyle and more pleasant climate, as
Schulz began accumulating honors and awards, sponsorships and ads based
on his characters.
In 1967 California Governor Ronald
Reagan greeted Charles M. Schulz at the State Capitol and declared May
24, 1967 as Charles Schulz Day. While this honor was added to a
long list of credits, Schulz did not rest on his laurels, continuing to
write weekly cartoons, ads, and even books at lightning pace. By
1975 Peanuts was carried in nearly 1,500 U.S. and foreign newspapers
with 90 million readers. You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown won
an Emmy and great things just kept happening to Schulz and his cartoon.
An ice rink, books, TV shows, too many awards to count and then the
opening of Camp Snoopy at Knotts Berry Farm in 1983 with its tons of
products and licensing fees, all made Schulz one of the most successful,
lucrative cartoonists and creators in existence.
Schulz retired and produced his final
cartoon strip on Jan. 3, 2000, then passed away less than six weeks
later from illness. His memory lives in the joy and upbeat outlook his
characters and cartoons have brought to readers around the globe.
Santa Rosa broke ground on the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research
Center in June 2001, fittingly across the street from the Redwood Empire
Ice Arena which is also known as Snoopy's Home Ice. The museum
opened on August 17, 2002, and has attracted travelers from around the
world to Santa Rosa. The museum has been instrumental in opening Santa
Rosa's hospitality doormat to a unique audience. Vacationers,
students and scholars come to see the rotating, themed exhibits, and
discover many bonuses. Fine hotels, cuisine and wine are some of the
bounties that you'll find in Santa Rosa and the surrounding region. If
you're planning on visiting San Francisco or Napa wine country, do add
the Charles M. Schulz Museum to your itinerary. It will not disappoint
your sensibilities, not your sense of humor.