San Francisco

United States

655 Mission Street
Phone: 415-CARTOON (227-8666)
Fax: 415-243-8666

Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of original cartoon art in all its forms. The Museum encourages the appreciation of this original art form for it’s artistic, cultural, and historic merits.

Founded in late 1984 by a small group of cartoon art aficionados, The Cartoon Art Museum began as a traveling museum; exhibitions were installed in local museums and corporate spaces. In 1987, with an endowment from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and from one of the founding trustees, Malcome Whyte, The Cartoon Art Museum was able to find an exhibition space in San Francisco’s downtown area in the historic Print Center Building. In December of 2001 the museum moved to its current location at 655 Mission Street.

For more information about exhibitions and events, check out the website at

Permanent Collection

The Cartoon Art Museum displays rotating and permanent exhibitions throughout the year and has produced scores of exhibitions as well as numerous publications, each focused on one of the many facets of cartoon art. The permanent collection, comprised of over 6,000 original pieces of art, includes art from comic books, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and animated movies, as well as sculpture and video. Works date from the 1730’s to the present.


Why Do They STILL Hate US? An International Perspective on American Affairs (April 21 - September 23, 2007)

Worlds of Wonder: Twelve Different Artists... Twelve Different Worlds (February 24 - June 17, 2007)

Peanuts Holiday Parade: A Celebration of the Art of Charles M. Schulz (Extended through June 17, 2007)


Our admission prices are:
Adults- $6.00
Students/Seniors- $4.00
Children 6-12- $2.00
Members and Children under 6 years of age are free

The first Tuesday of each month admission is pay what you wish.

Opening hours

Museum hours are:
Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

The museum is closed on Mondays and the following holidays: New Years Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Getting there

The museum is located at 655 Mission Street, between 3rd and New Montgomery. Near the Yerba Buena Gardens, around the corner from the SFMOMA.

Closest BART: Montgomery Station or Powell Station

MUNI: 5. 6, 7, 14, 15, 21, 30, 31, 38, 45, F, J, K, L, M, N

Parking: 5th and Mission Garage


The Museum is handicap accessible on the ground floor with ADA compliant facilities. Foto-Grafix Bookstore is housed in the museum's space and includes cartoon and photographic books.

Large bags must be checked behind the front desk. Bathroom facilities include baby changing stations.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Please check out our website for the most current listing of events:


The museum also provides cartooning classes for children and adults. Kids cartooning classes are one Saturday a month during the School year and two Saturdays a month during the summer. The Saturday classes are for children from 8 to 14 years old and are drop in at a cost of $5.

In addition the museum also provides week-long classes for kids from 10 to 14 years old for more intermediate level artists. These classes range from $80 to$100 and must be reserved in advance.

For more information about these and other classes please contact the Gallery Manager at


Discounts for groups larger than 10 individuals are available, at a savings of $1 off per person.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not allow groups larger than 10 individuals on the first Tuesday of each Month, our “Pay What You Wish” Day.

Docent tours are available for an additional charge of $25 and must be reserved in advance.

Contact: Summerlea Kashar, 415 227-8666 ext. 300 for group discounts or to schedule tours.


The Cartoon Art Museum offers discounted rates to educational groups and summer camp groups. You must schedule your group visit with the museum in advance (usually one to two weeks) to receive the discounted rate.

Contact Summerlea Kashar at 415-227-8666 ext. 300.
Self-guided tour size is limited to 35 individuals per visit (larger groups can break up and stagger their visit, Yerba Buena Gardens offers a park area were groups can wait).

When booking please have the following info available: Contact Name, Group Name, Estimated number of students and chaperones, Age Range, Telephone and Fax number.

Educational and Summer Camp groups can receive a discount of 50% off of regular admission prices. PLEASE SCHEDULE IN ADVANCE TO RECEIVE THIS DICOUNT.

Discounted rates are:
Adults - $3
Students (13 and older) - $2
Children (6-12 years old) - $1
Children 5 and under are free.

The Cartoon Art Museum offers Docent Tours at a cost of $25 per docent.

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• Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the requested date. Tour availability is on a first call first serve basis.

• Docent tours are $25 per tour, in addition to admission charges. This fee is required two weeks in advance of tour to reserve date.

• Tours are 1/2 to 1 hour in length, depending on the group.

• Docent Guided Tour size is limited to 25 individuals. Groups larger than 25 will be charged an additional $25 for a second docent.

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All students with student identification can visit the museum at the student rate, regardless of where the student is from.


The Benefits of Membership:

One of the best ways to support the Museum is by becoming a member. The most important benefit of membership is knowing that you are assisting the Cartoon Art Museum in its efforts to serve the community through exciting exhibits, children’s programs and the collection and preservation of cartoon art. We depend on the generous contributions of our members to continue this important work.
Become a member, support the arts and help preserve history!

All members receive the following

• Free admission to the museum
• Complimentary museum guest pass
• 10% Discount in the bookstore
• Invitations to openings and special receptions
• Cartoon Art Museum annual newsletter

BY PHONE: (415) 227-8666 Ext. 300
BY MAIL or FAX: (415) 243-8666
Print a Mail Order Form:

ONLINE: We now accept payments through PayPal!


Please contact us for Sponsorship information: 415-227-8666 ext. 300

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The Cartoon Art Museum is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms.

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CONTACT: Summerlea
415-227-8666 Ext. 300

* 3200 square feet of gallery space
* Contemporary architecture
* Wheelchair accessible
* Convenient to downtown San Francisco, freeway access, and public transportation. Located near Moscone Convention Center, SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Gardens.
* Maximum capacity: 226 people.