San Francisco Invites You to the Cartoon Art Museum
The Cartoon Art Museum or CAM is a San Francisco, California-based art museum that deals with cartoons and comics. The permanent collection of this museum features pages from different comic books, newspaper and tabloid comic strips of yesteryear and animation cels created by famous artists.
The museum was founded on a grant from legendary cartoonist Charles M Schulz more than three decades back, in 1984 to be more precise. Schulz was primarily famous for writing and illustrating the American cartoon strip Peanuts. Among the founders of the museum was Malcolm Whyte of Troubador Press.
The CAM is known for its boldness; it has never been afraid of being political, dark and racy. It features Robert Crumb creations from the 60's and 70's as well as a series of really invigorating political cartoons drawn by Kevin Kallaugher for the Economist.
The primary aims of the Cartoon Art Museum include preserving, documenting and exhibiting this amazing and unique art form. The museum has used cartoon art to portray cultural diversity in the society through tools such as lectures, traveling exhibitions and a range of interesting activities. These activities organized by the museum also help people in comprehending the immense value of self-expression.
To date, no other museum located in the western territories of the US has dedicated itself completely to exhibition and preservation of different forms of cartoons. This makes the place a must-visit destination for all art lovers coming to this part of the country.
Other than being home to as many as 6,000 permanent exhibits, the museum also organizes 10 major exhibitions every year. In addition, there’s a library/research facility for people interested in understanding the subject better; the collection of the library is huge enough to impress even the veterans of this field. The museum also has a bookstore and a classroom area.
The San Francisco cartoon museum stays open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It remains closed on Mondays and on Easter, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Independence Day.
If you visit the museum on the first Tuesday of a particular month, you will be able to enter the place by paying any amount you want. This special day is called “Pay What You Wish”. However, groups of more than 10 visitors are usually not allowed to come on these special Tuesdays.
The current entry fee for adults is $8. For seniors and students the entry fee is $6. Children aged between 6 and 12 years will need to pay $4 for admission; entry is free for all children aged below 6.
While it’s true that the Cartoon Art Museum is extremely enriching for people associated with the world of art, ordinary visitors also find the place fascinating. The museum operates with the aim of making its programs, exhibitions, facilities available to every visitor. Another great thing about the place is that all its galleries are wheelchair-accessible; for the visually impaired, on the other hand, docent tours can be arranged.