Cartoon Art Museum

781 Beach St San Francisco

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Cartoon Art Museum

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. The Cartoon Art 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. They aim to be the premier destination for experiencing cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world and to be a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.

People of all ages can view original cartoon art at exhibitions and screenings, produce their own comics and animations at classes and workshops, research deeply into their collection and library, and mix and mingle with professional and aspiring cartoonists. This unique institution houses approximately 7,000 original pieces in their permanent collection and attracts more than 30,000 visitors annually.


The Cartoon Art Museum is also one of the few museums worldwide with a permanent collection of original animation art. Animation holdings include cels, drawings, background paintings, and illustrations from TV series and films produced by Warner Bros., Walt Disney Co., Filmation, Nelvana Studios, and Hanna-Barbera, among many others. Various selections from their permanent collection are displayed in the museum on a rotating basis through curated exhibitions. Certain pieces are also available as traveling exhibitions. The Cartoon Art Museum has an ever-changing exhibition calendar, with two major new exhibitions debuting 3-4 times a year, along with pop-ups and special spotlights.

Educational Programs

The Cartoon Art Museum also offers cartooning workshops for children, teens, and adults, from Summer Cartoon Camps that provide all-day activities for groups of kids and teens to personalized one-on-one lessons. Their Legion of Educators initiative is a regularly meeting professional development group and resource hub for those involved in teaching with comics in the classroom or teaching comics creation. The Cartoon Art Museum offers customized workshops to institutions and to the public.

Re-live childhood at the Cartoon Art Museum!

All information and images courtesy of Cartoon Art Museum.

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