The Charles M. Schulz Museum is the only institution dedicated to preserving, displaying, and interpreting the world famous art of Charles M. Schulz and his Peanuts characters. Recognizing, however, that many people may not be able to travel to California to explore Schulz’s art, wit and whimsy, the Museum has developed several traveling exhibitions available to institutions around the globe. Below are traveling exhibitions that are either currently traveling and/or are available to rent.
For information on hosting one of our exhibitions at your museum or institution, please visit the Traveling Exhibition Rentals page or contact Traveling Exhibitions Manager, Natasha Cochran, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 284-1284.
70 Years: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz
Charles Schulz brightened the world for 50 years with his Peanuts comic strip, and 2020 marks the 70th anniversary since it debuted. 70 Years: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz explores Schulz’s personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. The exhibition follows Schulz from his Minnesota roots to his life in California and tracks the development of the characters that make up the unique world of Peanuts.
Charles Schulz introduced Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace in 1965, and over the decades the Flying Ace has become one of Snoopy’s most recognizable personas. This traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, titled Snoopy and the Red Baron, tells the full story of the charismatic and beloved character, from the origin of the story line, to how Schulz researched all aspects of World War I to bring authenticity to the strips.
While most readers might associate Peanuts with the game of baseball, other sports also figured prominently in Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Schulz created over 250 football-themed Peanuts comic strips and his “Fall Classic”—Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown just as he runs up to kick it—became a rite of autumn in American pop culture. The 50 Sunday and daily strips in this exhibition demonstrate the fun Schulz had with the sport and explore his wonderful world of Pigskin Peanuts.
During its nearly 50 year history, the Peanuts comic strip grew to have a strong connection with the winter season, especially Christmas. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown celebrates the holiday season as explored in the Peanuts comic strip and presents a behind-the-scenes history of the making of the animated classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. This seasonal exhibition contains reproduction comic strips, quotes by Schulz, photos from his boyhood, artifacts from A Charlie Brown Christmas special, and seasonal novelties.
Just before the first man landed on the moon, Charlie Brown and Snoopy soared through space with NASA’s Apollo 10 mission in May 1969. The exhibition To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA examines the history of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters’ role in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program.