Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist and writer Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) brought lovable characters and sweet, insightful stories to homes worldwide through several comic strip series, including the beloved series Peanuts. You can read more about him on the Schulz Museum website at schulzmuseum.org/about-the-man.
The Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa is among the most delightful of the Northern California literary travel adventures with appealing exhibits for all ages. Santa Rosa is a growing community with a population of approximately 175,000.
Sadly, the Schulz private home was among approximately 1,400 houses that were lost to the Tubbs Fire in 2017 but, fortunately, the museum survived.
Allow at least a half day to enjoy the multi-level museum and grounds (look for the holograms outside) as well as the legendary ice-skating rink next-door. Then, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and other snacks at the Warm Puppy cafe.
Gift shops at the museum and at the store adjacent to the ice rink carry Peanuts items in abundance. The two shops have very little overlap in merchandise, though, so be sure to visit both.
The rink’s walkway features signatures from such figure ice skating Olympic champions as Kristi Yamoguchi and Scott Hamilton. The rink is open to the public but has also attracted major tournaments, including one in which “Sparky” (a nickname of Charles M. Schulz) was a participant.
Students may leave inspired to create their own comic strip based on friends and pets, just like Peanuts.
Get inspired at the museum and check out http://schulzmuseum.org/.
Read more about Schulz through our Minnesota page.
This is the final stop on our Northern California Author Adventures Trail!