Celebrating Charlie Brown’s Birthday at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

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Charlie Brown turned 64 this week, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum (@schulzmuseum) in Santa Rosa, California is the place where some of Snoopy’s greatest misadventures were drawn by the beloved illustrator. The museum sits on same property where Charles Schulz spent almost 30 years before he passed away in 2000.

"With comics in particular, the focus is often on telling stories about stories,” says Corry Kanzenberg, the museum’s curator, about its gallery spaces. "Our main exhibition right now is ‘Social Commentary’, which highlights topical issues in Peanuts.”

There are also nearly 100 original comic strips on display at the museum at any time—and this does not include the thousands of images used in the campus’ iconic mosaic, which depicts Charlie Brown running to kick a football held up by Lucy.

"He exercised a subtle balance of simplicity and depth in Peanuts,” says Corry. “Schulz’s comic strips resonate with fans through their uniquely funny approach to the human condition.”

Unfortunately, in all 17,887 comic strips created by Schulz, poor Charlie Brown was never successful in kicking that football.