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Cartoon Art Museum

655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (South Beach)
415 227 8666
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Ranked #172 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Description: This museum for comic-book lovers is in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Does not offer a ton of stuff but the exhibits are pretty genuine and interesting. The book store offers some unique and pertinent items and the staff is friendly.

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Dallas Tx
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96 reviews 96 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Came upon this place while waiting for my husband to get done with a meeting. Took me about two hours to walk through the museum and also enjoy the gift shop. Small fee to get into the museum, but the gallery was very informative.

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Portland, OR
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is one of those gift shops that you almost forget it is attached to a fun museum. Staff was lovely.

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Fremont, California
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1,211 reviews 1,211 reviews
760 attraction reviews
840 helpful votes 840 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a fun small size museum that I have enjoyed visiting. When one reads the comics, one forgets sometimes about the amazing artwork behind the cartoons. This is the museum where the comics are displayed as art. There are a variety of events here as well. I usually check their web site to find out what is going on,... More

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San Jose, California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
79 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I've been a member for years, and I love this museum. About 40% of the museum is a gallery for their permanent collection of a broad swath of cartoons, from the start (back to Krazy Kat originals, etc) to today. There are two other galleries that typically show different exhibits that change several times a year. Some of these exhibits... More

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159 reviews 159 reviews
71 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We love cartoon art. Since we were visiting San Francisco, we wanted to see what Cartoon Art Museum had to offer. On display were several varied shows from Ninja Turtles to original or print art from Herriman, Gorey, Schulz and more. We won't be in San Fran when they open an upcoming show featuring art and puppets from Laika Studios... More

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Wexford, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Great little museum, friendly desk staff, friendly gift shop staff. The museum is small, only large enough for a couple of exhibits, but they do well with what they have. The Sandman Exhibition was AWESOME.

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Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

It was a good finding to know about the Cartoon Art Museum (thanks for the clerk in the Dysney store for the good tip). Although small, the collection is interesting and for my good fortune we had the opportunity to see the Sandman exposition ! It is really very good and i highly recommend it, specially because even Neil Gaiman... More

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Boulder City, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I'm not a huge cartoon fan, but enjoyed many of the pieces that brought back Sunday paper memories from my youth. The pieces really do run the gamut of very early cartoon drawings from earth 20th century to the present.

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Vienna, Austria
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108 reviews 108 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

It is just a big Neil Gaiman homage - and there is not very much more. I have nothing against Gaiman, actually I love him but I expected more. I appreciated Popeye, the Peanuts, Felix and so on, but there was just not enough about it all. Nothing about the Avengers for example... while in the bookshop you find plenty... More

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