Thursday, October 16, 2008

Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California

Good Grief Charlie Brown....if these famous words bring back joyful childhood or adult memories, then a visit to the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa California is a must for you. This is a small museum that chronicles Charles Shulz's life. There are exhibits that explain Mr. Shulz's interest in Beethoven and how he actually integrated various scores into to his comic strip...this of course would include his character Schroeder. You will also learn how he got his start and how the Peanuts gang has evolved and changed over the years. There is also an auditorium that shows all the Peanut television shows as well as other documentary-style films giving you more insight into Charles Shulz's life. In addition, there is a drawing room upstairs and we were told that most weekends, guest illustrators come and provide drawing clinics. The museum is $8 for adults and with AAA you can save $1 each. Next to the museum is an indoor ice skating rink that Mr. Schulz had built. This made sense once we learned that Charles Shulz was from St. Paul, Minnesota and an avid ice hockey player. Next to this building you can find a gift shop where you can find tons of Peanut comic strip items. We enjoyed our visit, but left wanting more information about the background of Mr. Schulz and of his other comic strip characters, such as Peppermint Patty, Frankin, Woodstock, and Pig Pen. The museum does change its exhibits, so maybe another exhibit has more information about these Peanuts.

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