Snoopy gets his own museum in Tokyo

A museum dedicated to the cartoon character Snoopy seeks to draw a crowd in Japan.

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) - Charlie Brown's pet beagle is moving out of the dog house and into his very own museum.

The Snoopy Museum - located in Tokyo and the first outside the US - will feature about 150 Peanuts comics and other items celebrating the world famous dog.

Snoopy, with the help of his buddy Woodstock, hopes to create new fans for the entire Peanuts gang.

Miyoshi Nakayama, director of Snoopy Museum Tokyo, said, "Snoopy as a cartoon character is very popular in Japan, but not the cartoon itself. We opened this museum hoping those Japanese fans learn more about the broad series of Peanuts comics and enjoy them."

And the Peanuts comics have so much to offer.

Paige Braddock, creative director for Charles Schulz Creative Association, said, "There are universal truth in that comics that I think appeal to every generation regardless of age because the comic is not just about humor; it's about relationships, it's about failures, it's about joy, it really runs the whole range of human emotion and story telling."

Unfortunately, The Snoopy Museum is only temporary. It will only stay open until 2018.