I don’t particularly remember being a fan of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang. I wasn’t anti-Peanuts, either. I just didn’t feel any way about them. They existed, and I existed…but we didn’t really exist in the same space. I’ve visited Santa Rosa a few times, and never had any desire to visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum, despite the cute Peanuts characters promoting it around town. However, on a free museum day, I thought, “Why not? It’s raining, let’s check it out.”
My 2 year old son, who has no frame of reference for the Peanuts characters, was instantly a fan when he stepped out of our vehicle and saw a life sized Charlie Brown greeting him at the museum entrance. Upon stepping inside, you will see all kinds of Peanuts statues – Snoopy, Woodstock, and more. My son was tickled!
The museum itself is very modern, well kept, and has a great flow to it. The outdoor garden with holographic bird bath, colorful water fountain, and detailed statues is great. The replica of Schulz’s office is interesting to visually explore. Also, the children’s area with running cartoons and drawing/coloring space is much welcomed as a safe space for kids to break.
Don’t miss the theater (towards the front entrance,) as you can catch old episodes of Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts crew. B had a blast watching, and roaming, all around the theater.
Once you’ve had your fill of the museum, be sure to check out the ice skating rink, cafe, and gift shop across the way. All are a tribute to Mr. Schulz, and associated with the museum. You’ll find photo opportunities each step along the way!
B has happily been watching the new Peanuts movie and older Peanuts cartoons ever since our visit. Despite Charles M. Schulz’s departure from this life, his legacy lives on.
Bonus tip: Can’t get enough of Snoopy and the Peanuts crew? Check out even more life-sized statues in and around Historic Railroad Square.
Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, 2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa, CA – http://schulzmuseum.org/