Everybody’s favourite cartoon beagle is back! Originally located in Roppongi, the Snoopy Museum closed last year in autumn but will now reopen on December 14 at a new, permanent venue in Machida.
The museum will feature permanent as well as rotating exhibitions borrowed from the Charles M. Shulz Museum in California, USA, which is dedicated to the creator of the classic Peanuts comics and their iconic characters. The first borrowed exhibition, ‘Here Come The Beagle Scouts!’, chronicles Snoopy, Woodstock and Woodstock’s bird friends as they hike up mountains, pitch tents and roast marshmallows. The exhibition will run from the museum’s opening until June 28 2020 (special exhibitions rotate every six months).
For those looking for a more hands-on experience, the museum offers a variety of workshops that you can sign up for online. Workshops in December offer the chance to make candles of Snoopy dressed like Santa Claus and craft Snoopy-themed nerikiri (traditional Japanese confectionery) made with sweet bean paste. Other workshops on schedule involve stuffing your own Snoopy plush toy and lessons on embroidery.
Don’t forget to check out the café, where you can order a charming picnic basket of treats or indulge in a campfire hot chocolate topped with plenty of marshmallows.
Another new feature at the museum is an app called 'Finding Snoopy', which sends museum-goers on a quest to find Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang around the museum at various checkpoints. More details on the app will be released nearer to the museum opening.
Meanwhile, advance tickets, which are ¥200 cheaper than tickets bought on the day, can be purchased here. General admission for same-day tickets are ¥2,000 for adults, ¥1,000 for high school and junior high school students, and ¥600 for elementary school students (infants under 4 years old are free).