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Catch up with Charlie Brown and the 'Peanuts' gang at a museum in Santa Rosa

Cartoonist Charles Schulz's son Craig, right, clowns around under a museum mural with Schulz's widow, Jeannie, and Steve Martino, director of "The Peanuts Movie." (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
Cartoonist Charles Schulz's son Craig, right, clowns around under a museum mural with Schulz's widow, Jeannie, and Steve Martino, director of "The Peanuts Movie." (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

Why: The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa has the largest collection of "Peanuts" strips in the world. It explores the nuances and global reach of Schulz's work, and the impact of cartoonists generally.

 (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

What: Opened in 2002, the museum charts the career of Schulz, who drew "Peanuts" from 1950 to 2000 and died on the day before his last cartoon was published. (He lived in Santa Rosa.) Displays include a black-and-white tile mural with 3,588 "Peanuts" images, a re-creation of "Sparky's studio" (that was Schulz's nickname) and a doghouse wrapped in cloth by the artist Christo as an homage to Shulz.

The museum is neighbored by an ice rink, coffee shop ("the Warm Puppy Cafe"), gallery and gift shop, all built by Shulz, who lived in Sonoma County for more than 40 years.

Where: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 431 miles northwest of downtown L.A.

How much: Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children and students age 4-18.

Info: Charles M. Schulz Museum

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