Last year, we took the boys to the Museum of Science and Industry for the first time ever. While there, we previewed the Mythbusters exhibit and had a blast! This time around, we headed to MSI to check out Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit. Designed to present the comic strip from angles we all remember (Who doesn’t watch the holiday episodes each time they are on television?) and to talk a bit about the man (Charles Schulz), this exhibit presented by Walgreens was fantastic. Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit will be around until February 18 of this year and I encourage you to run (don’t walk!) to catch it before it moves along.
The Two Snoopys
The Life of Charles Schulz
The Peanuts Gang!
A look into the animation process (and some great videos showing the drawing process)
Time for fun!
Snoopy’s “Playground” if you will
Sound bites from the comic strips (and kids LOVE pressing the buttons)
The Main Man
Dress up and take pictures with Joe Cool! Charlie chose his own outfits…
Draw your own comic strip and learn more about the way these move!
What’s your favorite Charlie Brown holiday special? (Do you see the little red-haired girl?!)
The Charlie Brown Christmas tree – a bit bigger than I recall…
Snoopy Ornaments from various time periods
The Peanut Gallery – create and post your own pictures to add to the wall
Jack didn’t want to share the big FAO Schwarz like piano made for Schroeder
The Peanuts Gang has gone hi-tech! Check out these strips on the iPad.
A gigantic coloring wall for the kids – I thought this was one of the coolest things there and the kids LOVED it!
Experiencing the Peanuts Gang with my Peanuts Gang, I couldn’t help but get a little sentimental and nostalgic. I couldn’t quite pinpoint why, but the life and times of Charles Schulz, his devotion to something like this and investing his whole self was inspiring.
As I continued to walk, Jim then came up to me and started telling me a bit more about his take it on as well. He too was getting teary-eyed has he walked through – he remembered when Charles Schulz passed away in 2000 (right before we started dating), and he felt like this was a beautiful tribute to the man behind the comic strip and The Peanuts Gang. He directed me to one of the most sentimental pieces there :
And our visit was made complete.
I am so happy that we made the trip there, not only to visit the Museum (which we will definitely be getting a membership to), but also to catch this exhibit. Well put together, accurate and wonderful for the family as a whole, I recommend this to any and everyone who asks. This exhibit is not included in Museum general admission and requires an additional timed-entry ticket. Tickets are $5 for adults and seniors, and $3 for kids 3-11.
Have you checked out Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit? What did you think?
We received complimentary tickets to MSI and this exhibit. All opinions expressed are our own and I didn’t even make my husband cry. We loved it THAT much.