Northern California Has An Entire Museum Dedicated To Charlie Brown And It’s As Awesome As You’d Think
Just north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is known for its verdant vineyards, vibrant coastal beauty, and towering Redwoods, all wrapped up in spectacular California sunshine. Santa Rosa sits in the heart of this oasis as a hub of music, art, and tantalizing wineries. But while there is already plenty to explore in this delightful cultural mecca, Santa Rosa is also home to one of the most special museums in the entire state: the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. The community’s beloved “Snoopy Museum” is a uniquely stunning tribute to Schulz and his cartoonist career, but it’s so much more than a simple homage to the iconic Peanuts Gang! Whether your first visit or your 100th, the massive 27,000 square foot complex has plenty of magic to discover and is the perfect family activity. Check it out:
While not officially owned by the museum, your visit to Santa Rosa and the Charles M. Schulz Museum should definitely include a walking tour to find all of the Peanuts statues that dot downtown. This iconic Peanuts haven is an integral part of the community, and we absolutely love the heart behind every comic strip and art installment!
If you’ve ever visited Santa Rosa’s beloved Snoopy museum, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.
For more family-friendly things to do in Northern California, check out these easy, kid-approved hikes.
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What are some unique museums in Northern California?
While California is full of spectacular art and history museums, travelers can also peruse a more…unique side of NorCal with a visit to one of the state’s weirdest museums. From memorialized Pez dispensers to warehouses of vintage toys, these eclectic specialty museums in California are definitely worth a visit:
- Bigfoot Discovery Museum, Santa Cruz
- Bolt's Antique Tool Museum, Oroville
- Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum, Sacramento
- Essig Museum Of Entomology, Berkeley
- Hand Fan Museum, Healdsburg
- Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, Samoa
- Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San Jose
- Musee Mecanique Museum, San Francisco
- Museum of 3D Illusions, San Francisco
- Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Fremont
- The Roseville Telephone Museum, Roseville
- Truhlsen Museum of the Eye, San Francisco
- Willow Creek-China Flat Museum, Willow Creek
You'll also find quite a few more unique museums hiding in Fort Bragg, CA!
What are some fun things to do in Northern California?
From picturesque shorelines and vibrant Redwood forests to man-made wonders and everything in between, there's nowhere in the world quite like California. NorCal is particularly filled with fun, unexpected, and family-oriented things to do both by water and by land.
For a casual escape into nature with no hiking required, a botanical garden is the best place to visit! A few of the best botanical gardens in Northern California are:
- Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, Dunsmuir
- The Gardens at Heather Farm, Walnut Creek
- Hakone Estate and Gardens, Saratoga
- Humboldt Botanical Garden, Eureka
- Jensen Botanical Garden, Carmichael
- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg
- Sonoma Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen
- Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding
- Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen
For even more unique day trips in California, check out our official guide.