Learn About The Walt Disney Family Museum

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How did the Walt Disney Family Museum get started?

The Walt Disney Family Museum opened its doors in the Presidio of San Francisco on October 1, 2009.

It was created to bring to life the fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, creativity and vision helped define 20th century American culture.

What brings people to the Walt Disney Family Museum?

The 40,000 square foot Museum illuminates Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he pursued innovation and excellence. The stories of Disney’s life, family, creativity and innovations are told through state-of-the-art exhibits in ten interactive galleries. While navigating through the visually exciting design of the Museum, visitors find rare film clips, concept art, scripts, musical scores and cameras that Disney and his staff used in creating his characters and films.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about the Walt Disney Family Museum that they may not already know?

Although famous for his work behind the camera for Walt Disney Productions, Disney was an avid home moviemaker throughout his life. The Walt Disney Family Museum exhibits several film clips that range from experiments with trick shots to reels that documented Disney’s life at home with his wife, Lilly; his daughters, Diane and Sharon; his brother and business partner, Roy; and his brother’s wife, Edna Francis.

How has the Walt Disney Family Museum evolved over the years?

The Museum will continuously be evolving to bring a fresh perspective to Walt Disney’s everlasting legacy – whether it be our seasonal special exhibitions or adding new acquisitions to our permanent galleries. Just as Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be complete,” the Museum, too, will always try to illuminate the tales behind the visionary in new and exciting ways.

What’s next for the Walt Disney Family Museum?

We are gearing up for an exciting new exhibit, Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio, curated by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning animator, John Canemaker. It will be on view from May 18, 2016 to January 9, 2017.

What social media does the Walt Disney Family Museum use?

We are avid users of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Describe the Walt Disney Family Museum in 5 words or less

Where art & innovation create inspiration.

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