Past Traveling Exhibitions

Peanuts. . .Naturally

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Peanuts…Naturally
was on display at the Grimsby Museum in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. View a short video by TVCogeco about the exhibition.

How many suns? Is the Earth flat? Charles M. Schulz touched on many aspects of the natural world during the nearly 50 years he created the Peanuts comic strip (October 1950 to February 2000). During the 1950s and 1960s, Schulz’s characters explored aspects of the natural world with wonder and delight, and their cockamamie understanding of the world around them afforded many opportunities to introduce readers of the strip to fun facts about the natural world.

By the 1970s Schulz began to address the environment and ecology more directly as citizens of the United States began to come to terms with issues regarding pollution of the air and water. President Richard M. Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by executive order on December 2, 1970; seven years later Schulz created a hilarious multi-day storyline in which Charlie Brown fears that he has run afoul of the EPA. Throughout the remaining years of Peanuts, Schulz explored aspects of the relationships between humans and the natural world.

Peanuts. . .Naturally, appropriate for general, natural history, science, and children’s museums, explores the “web of life” through Peanuts comic strips, didactic materials, and interactives.


Inside Peanuts: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz


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For nearly fifty years, Charles Monroe Schulz entertained audiences from around the world with his Peanuts comic strip. With his endearing Peanuts characters, Schulz explored a broad range of emotions, from friendship and faith to tolerance and disappointment. Inside Peanuts: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz celebrates the cartoonist’s extraordinary life and describes his creative process and artistic focus.This exhibition creates an experience for visitors that illuminates the story behind the creation of one of the most popular and influential cartoon strips of all time.


Ever and Never: The Art of Peanuts

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The Peanuts Gang is heading to Tokyo, Japan, for a retrospective exhibition of Charles Schulz’s life, the evolution of his comic strip, and a look at Peanuts storied career beyond the comic page. Ever and Never will be on display at the Mori Arts Center from October 12, 2013 through January 5, 2014. The exhibition includes over 100 original comic strips; a re-creation of Schulz’s studio; and Schulz’s personal effects, photographs, and ephemera. The exhibition is organized into four sections outlined below.

Section 1: Charles M. Schulz: A Life
Explores Schulz’s childhood, military service, beginnings as an artist, personal hobbies, and family life through objects, photographs, letters, drawings, and awards.

Section 2: Schulz’s Studio
Recreating Schulz’s studio at One Snoopy Place this display highlights Schulz’s original drawing tools, preliminary sketches, and personal ephemera.

Section 3: Evolution of Peanuts
This section introduces the characters and Schulz’s famous themes and details the evolution of the comic strip in terms of content and art.

Section 4: Beyond the Comic Page
Showcases Peanuts merchandise, promotion, and animation


Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit

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Charlie Brown and The Great Exhibit explores Schulz’s personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, as well as reproductions and related Peanuts ephemera, guests will see how characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy were developed and how they evolved over decades in print and popular culture. Schulz’s Santa Rosa, Calif. studio, recreated for the first time on tour, will allow for a deeper look into his own and life. In addition, with cartoons and memorabilia, the exhibit will take guests on a Peanuts tour of the holidays – Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day – during which these characters became known so well.

Kids and families will have a chance to exercise their own Schulz-like creativity with activities like making a zoetrope, a device that combines singular static images together to create the illusion of movement and animation. This exhibit is not included in general admission and requires an additional timed-entry ticket. Tickets are $5 for adults and seniors and $2 for children 3-11.


Peanuts at Bat

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Every year for nearly 50 years during the baseball season, Peanuts fans could expect a healthy number of strips portraying Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang engaged in America’s favorite pastime. Based heavily on Charles Schulz’s childhood experiences with sandlot baseball, the stories of the Peanuts baseball team are in turn whimsical, thoughtful, hilarious, and full of pathos. Peanuts at Bat takes a lighthearted look at Schulz’s love for the all-American sport and showcases the Peanuts Gang’s hapless pursuit of a winning baseball strategy. The exhibition includes 47 high-resolution reproductions of Peanuts strips and selected memorabilia.


To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA

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It is difficult to imagine—although some remember it well—the excitement that the race to the moon invoked 40 years ago. As the decade of the 1960s was coming to a close, America and the rest of the world waited with great anticipation to see if NASA could achieve President John F. Kennedy’s challenge, put forth in May 1961, of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Consequently, it was a very great honor, indeed, when the crew of Apollo 10 chose to nickname their command and lunar modules Charlie Brown and Snoopy, respectively. This exhibition examines the history of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters’ role in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program.