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Cartoon Art Museum

655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (South Beach)
415 227 8666
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Ranked #173 of 376 Attractions in San Francisco
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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Fremont, California
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1,116 reviews 1,116 reviews
691 attraction reviews
778 helpful votes 778 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
71 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I had some time to kill in San Francisco between an appointment and meeting up with a friend. I'd seen the Cartoon Art Museum online and thought I would walk over and check it out. It was totally worth it! This is a small museum - maybe more like a gallery - but the space is nice and the exhibits... More

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Bern, Switzerland
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

I was expecting a structured museum on the story of comics and I left the place quite disappointed. The temporary exhibitions were OK and showed interesting drawings of local artists but unfortunately the regular exhibition tells and show very little on the evolution of cartoons. The tables and drawings are shown in a rather confusing way, so that it isn't... More

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
61 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

My teenage daughter who is studying to be an illustrator was mildly impressed. It's a very small museaum and not very interesting. Entrance fee is expensive for what it is.

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