Esteemed 32 Year-Old Institution Now In Heart of SF’s Tourism District
After a two-year hiatus, the Cartoon Art Museum reopened to the public Saturday, October 28, 2017, at its new location (781 Beach Street) in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The museum marks its long-anticipated return.
“We’re so thrilled to be at the center of San Francisco’s waterfront and tourism hub,” said Museum Executive Director Summerlea Kashar noting special assistance from the Northern California Community Loan Fund and the City and County of San Francisco in helping the Museum reopen after its move from its longtime downtown location. “Our new, permanent home is bigger, better and exactly where we want and need to be to serve our loyal fan base and build new audiences.”
With operating hours Thursdays through Tuesdays from 11am to 5pm, visitors can peruse the opening exhibitions and enjoy the spectacular views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Alcatraz that the neighborhood provides. Located at 781 Beach Street (just one block from Aquatic Park, the Maritime Museum, Ghirardelli Square, and the Hyde Street cable car turnaround), 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 space featuring galleries, screening area, workshop, classroom, bookstore, library and collections facility.
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum has something for everyone — from comic strips, comic books and anime to political cartoons, graphic novels and underground comix. Visitors of all ages can view original cartoon art at exhibitions and screenings, produce their own comics and animation at classes and workshops, research deeply into our collection and library, and mingle with professional and aspiring cartoonists. The Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The Museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.
During the Museum’s past three decades, nearly 200 exhibitions have featured hundreds of artists from almost every continent and artistic style, including Mary Blair, Dan Clowes, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Phil Frank, Edward Gorey, Hayao Miyazaki, Spain Rodriguez, Charles Schulz, Ronald Searle, Dr. Seuss, Art Spiegelman, Garry Trudeau, Morrie Turner, Bill Watterson and many more.
The Museum’s unique permanent collection houses 7,000 pieces, including original Disney animation art from the collection of Mike Glad; historic comic strip art from Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Bil Keane (Family Circus), Walt Kelly (Pogo), George Herriman (Krazy Kat) and Winsor McCay; political cartoons from Bill Mauldin and Lou Grant; comic book art from Bob Kane, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, and many others.
Admission to the Cartoon Art Museum is $10 for Adults, $6 for Students, Seniors and Military, and $4 for Children 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under and members are free. San Francisco residents will also receive a locals discounted rate of $7. For more information on scheduling educational groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.