Note: The Cartoon Art Museum recently moved out of its location on Mission Street and is in the process of finding a new space. It is closed until further notice.
San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum is home to more than 6,000 original pieces of cartoon and animation art, one of the largest collections of its kind. Through the display and study of this accessible art form, the museum seeks to preserve the unique social, cultural and historical statements cartoons make. What has resulted is a collection that has something for everyone — editorials, comic books, graphic novels, Anime, and even the Sunday funnies.
Cartoons encompass everything from humor to politics, from light to heavy-hearted in nature and from the profoundly simple to exquisitely complex. The museum celebrates everything from Spiderman to the Economist. Founded in 1984 and supported by a grant from Charles Schultz, it is the only museum on the West Coast of the United States devoted solely to cartoon art. There is also a research library and bookstore, with traveling exhibitions and education events for both children and adults, in addition to the permanent collection.
The Cartoon Art Museum can be found at 655 Mission Street between New Montgomery and Third Streets. It is near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the Yerba Buena Gardens cultural district of San Francisco’s SOMA area. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $4 for children. Parking is available in several paid lots nearby.