Best Place to Commune With 'Toons

Cartoon Art Museum

The only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms, this little gem — which got off the ground with a 1987 endowment from Peanuts creator and Santa Rosa native Charles Schulz — is a show-stopper for 'toon lovers, whether kids or intellectuals. The 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection range from original comic strip panels to self-portraits of famous cartoonists. There are interactive and children's galleries and the museum sponsors seven major exhibitions a year. Currently, there are two, “Hate Mail: Comic Strip Controversies” and “She Draws Comics: Great Women Cartoonists,” which run through June 8. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $6, students and seniors $4, children 6-12 $2. Bargain tip: The first Tuesday of each month is “Pay What You Wish Day.”

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