Cartoons are serious business.
The Bay Area’s own Charles Schulz, legendary creator of the iconic Peanuts, knew that there was more to the funnies than being funny. That’s why in 1987, an endowment from the Schulz foundation allowed San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum to open it's first location.
Now, almost 30 years later, the investment has paid off as one of the oldest museums of cartoon art in the United States expands again: signing a 10-year lease in an historic building along the City’s tourist-rich northern waterfront.
Opening to the public in the spring of 2017, with a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay, the Cartoon Art Museum’s new location at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco is just one block from Aquatic Park, the Maritime Museum, Ghirardelli Square, and the Hyde Street cable car turnaround. The new space allows the museum to design a perfect venue for viewing, discussing, creating, and interacting with all forms of cartoon art and connecting with the artists who make it.
The 1912 brick building features a beautiful historic façade, prominent street presence, convenient parking, and easy access to and from public transportation. It offers highly visible public access to the Museum’s nearly 8,000 square feet of spacious galleries with a screening area, classrooms, bookstore, library and collections facility. ??
When you envision the Cartoon Art Museum’s new home, think of a place where… ?
?You and your entire family are excited to see all kinds of cartoon art, discover how it was created, and meet the artists who made it.
• You chuckle while you gain insight into various political viewpoints, cultures, and historical eras—without needing to study.
• You look around and—no matter where you were born—you always see a bit of your world on display.
• You can mine the depths of research and closely inspect our vast collection of original cartoon art and publications.
• You relish getting your hands messy and feel energized when you admire your new creation.
• Your child dreams about becoming a cartoonist while enjoying our classes— and scholarships are available to ensure that every child can become easily inspired.
?The future of the Cartoon Art Museum has been secured!
?We are thrilled that we’ll be welcoming visitors back through our doors soon. It's been worth the wait!
- Executive Director Summerlea Kashar
While our new site is being renovated, the Cartoon Art Museum will continue to host offsite events with partner organizations throughout the Bay Area.? These events and more can be found on the Cartoon Art Museum’s newly redesigned website: cartoonart.org!