Photo/IllutrationAn artist’s rendition of the Minami-Machida Grandberry Park, which will house the new Snoopy Museum (Provided by Tokyu Corp.)

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Snoopy fans needn't howl in despair when the Snoopy Museum--dedicated to the beloved beagle and the rest of the Peanuts gang--closes in Tokyo's Roppongi district on Sept. 24.

An expanded museum will open in Machida, western Tokyo, in autumn 2019.

The facility will be housed in a large commercial complex called Minami-Machida Grandberry Park, which is under construction.

“We want to contribute to the area as we serve as a pillar of the park to promote cultural exchanges while attracting visitors from in and outside the city, as well as from overseas,” said a public relations representative.

According to its operator, the new museum will be about twice as large as the current one. The company will consider increasing the number of original drawings and other exhibits.

The Snoopy Museum opened in April 2016 as the world’s only satellite of the Charles M. Shultz Museum in the U.S. state of California, which is regarded as the “holy land” for Snoopy fans, for a limited time.

On display are more than 200 items, including vintage goods and original drawings from the U.S. newspaper comic strips known for Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Fans have voiced how much they would miss the museum after it closes.

But they will find much more on offer in the new museum, which will open in an area equipped with a private library, a children’s club and a workshop space.

With a total floor space of about 2,600 square meters, the museum will also have a cafe (about 200 square meters) to offer original food items.

In tandem with nearby schools, it will invite children and make efforts to provide English education using original comic strips as learning tools, the operator said.

Grandberry Park, which will house about 200 shops, will be directly connected to Minami-Machida Station on Denentoshi Line. The station's name will also be changed to Minami-Machida Grandberry Park Station.