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Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Peppermint Patty—when you hear these names, does your head automatically start playing the Peanuts theme song on the piano?

For nearly 50 years, Charles Schulz wrote and drew each Peanuts strip that appeared in daily and Sunday newspapers. And today, the Peanuts are known as “the most popular and influential in the history of the comic strip.”

From now until February 18, 2013, take a step back in time and learn how these beloved cartoon characters came to be at the Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit, “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit.”

According to the Museum of Science and Industry, the exhibit “explores Schulz’s personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, as well as reproductions and related Peanuts memorabilia, you will see how characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy were developed and how they evolved over decades in print and popular culture…”

There are tons of Peanuts-themed activities throughout the exhibit:

  • Walk through a recreation of Schulz’s Santa Rosa, California studio.
  • Take a Peanuts tour of holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day—celebrated so famously by these characters.
  • Enter the recreation of Snoopy’s doghouse interior—which was never shown in the strip—to see the eclectic belongings of this unique dog.
  • Tap out a tune with your feet on Schroeder’s oversized grand piano.
  • Color the Peanuts gang with digital crayon.
  • Create your own animation and have it brought to life in a zoetrope.


This is an exhibit that all kids and adults alike will enjoy. For more information, check out the Museum of Science and Industry!

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