The Cartoon Art Museum is filled with graphic art throughout the years. Exhibits range from newspaper funnies to graphic novels, anime, political cartoons, and comic books. There are more than 6,000 items in the museum which is the perfect place to celebrate cartoons, research the art, and enjoy the special events. The museum has five different galleries and frequently hosts book signings, workshops, cartooning classes, and lectures. The museum has its own bookstore for those who want to take home a piece of the art they just enjoyed. The mission of the museum
is to preserving, documenting, and exhibiting " this unique and accessible art form." They do this with traveling exhibitions and other exhibit-related activities that bring cartoon art into the community. The museum opened in 1987 and was partly funded by Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon strip. Its ideal location is right in the middle of San Francisco in the Yerba Buena Gardens. The museum's education program includes weekend workshops, Saturday classes, field trips, after-school programs, private lessons, and create-a-class opportunities for small groups. This gives people a chance to design their own classroom experience that is suitable for their group of students or their special event or party. Field trips and tour groups are welcome at the museum and guided tours can be arranged in advance.