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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.