West Coast USA 2017 – Santa Rosa

Driving past the Golden Gate bridge and up highway 101, the city of Santa Rosa is only an hour away from San Francisco. There isn’t much to do here unless you’re a fan of the Peanuts, which one of us happened to be :).

Charles M. Schulz “Sparky”, artist behind the famous Peanuts comic strips, made Santa Rosa is home from 1969 until his death in 2000. Basically most of the Peanuts comic was created in Santa Rosa. The airport has been named after Charles M. Schulz and they built a museum dedicated to his legacy.

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Museum vehicle

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It’s your museum, Charlie Brown.

2 tickets please!

Location: Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, CA

There are many Peanuts statues scattered all around Santa Rosa and you can find the locations and information here. Our target for Santa Rosa was to hunt down as many Charlie Browns as possible.

In 2005, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Peanuts cartoon, the town of Santa Rosa and Craig Schulz, Charles Schulz’ son, presented It’s Your Town Charlie Brown, a city-wide arts and community project hosting 55 Charlie Brown statues.

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Voting for the next vice president of USA.

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Mock up of Sparky’s work space

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A room for kids (and non-kids) to get hands on at drawing

It was fun. Try it when you’re here!

In this museum you can learn about the life and work of Sparky and many of his comics were up on display. I watched a short film which explained about the life of Sparky and origins of the Peanuts which was informative enough to help me understand what it was all about.

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Check out the “kite eating tree”

Location: Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, CA

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Charlie Brown Under Construction

The museum is usually closed on Tuesday except for the summer months and admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students.

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, CA

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Slap Shot Shulz

Location: Snoopy’s Home Ice 1667 West Steele Lane Santa Rosa, CA

Across the street from the museum is a peanuts themed cafe, Warm Puppy Cafe and ice skating arena, Snoopy’s Home Ice.

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Full Spectrum Charlie

Location: Snoopy’s Gallery & Gift, 1665 West Steele Lane Santa Rosa, CA

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Vintage View Charlie

Location: Coldwell Banker, 600 Bicentenial Way Santa Rosa, CA

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The Pink Baron, Retro Charlie

Location: Coddingtown Center Inside By Whole Food Santa Rosa, CA

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Make Tracks to Railroad Square

Conductor Charlie Brown broke his nose!

Location: Charles Schwab 200 Fourth St Santa Rosa, CA

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Welcome Home, Charlie Brown

This was supposed to be placed in front of the hospital but we couldn’t find it and asked around. Turns out they chucked him somewhere at the back!

Location: Memorial Hospital, 1165 Montgomery Dr Santa Rosa, CA

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Jackson’s cousin Charlie

This paint store has a paint splattered Snoopy too.

Location: Hawley’s Paint Store, 601 Elsa Dr Santa Rosa, CA 

These statues cost $7000 each and one of them actually got stolen. Good grief!

 

 

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