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FILM SCREENING | Treasure Island
10:30am & 1:30pm | Check our September calendar for screening dates and times.
FREE for members or with museum admission
Without museum admission: $7 general, $5 youth
A tangled tale of friendship between a young adventurer and a pirate searching for buried treasure, this swashbuckling live-action film will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays


Daily, except every Tue throughout the day
FREE for members or with paid admission.
Connect objects in our galleries with the stories behind them as we look closer at Walt Disney’s life and legacy. Offered throughout the day, join museum staff members for a brief exploration of topics central to Walt’s story including the beginnings of Mickey Mouse, the growth of The Walt Disney Studios, Walt’s interests and hobbies, and the genesis of Disneyland. A detailed schedule of locations and times is available at ticket desk and exceptions may apply, check calendar for details.

TALK | A Date with Destino
Sat, Sep 5 | 1pm
Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination curator Ted Nicolaou and Dave Bossert, Destino Producer, Creative Director, and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios discuss the making of Destino. Destino began in 1945 as a collaborative project between Walt Disney, John Hench, and Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. The animation features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez, performed by Dora Luz.

TALK | Crash Course in Surrealism
Sat, Sep 12 | 1pm
Surrealism brought the world melting clocks, illogical landscapes, and bizarre visions of the unconscious. In conjunction with the exhibition Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination, John Zarobell, assistant professor of International Studies at the University of San Francisco, tackles the entire ISM in one afternoon.


OPEN STUDIO | Jungle Scenes with Ink & Paint
Every Sat & Sun in Sep | 1-4pm | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
Lions, tigers, and bears—oh, my! Adventureland is layered with exotic plants, fierce animals, and a creepy crawler or two. Learn the traditional ink and paint process as you create your own animated jungle scene.

LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Squawking Sculptures in Adventureland
Every Sat, Sun & Mon in Sep | 10am–noon | Learning Center
FREE with Museum Admission
Have you met Pepe del Presidio? He’s our very own Barker Bird! A replica of the Audio-Animatronics® Barker Bird formerly positioned outside the entrance to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. Join us at Little Open Studio where you can create an enchanted bird of your own using paper bags, cardboard, felt, and a whole lot of feathers!