Upcoming Exhibition

Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World

May 16, 2019–Jan 6, 2020
Members Only Preview Day: Wed, May 15
Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, a celebration of animation’s most beloved and recognizable character. This original exhibition chronicles Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and tells the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal, in relation to Walt Disney’s inspiring, parallel story. 

Guest curated by legendary animator Andreas Deja, in collaboration with Michael Labrie, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World features more than 400 objects, including rare and never-before-seen original sketches, character model sheets, and concept artwork, together with nostalgic merchandise, vintage photographs, and a variety of Mickey’s earliest and most recent animated short films. The exhibition is a testament to Mickey’s transcendent influence, from cartoons and comic books to real-life appearances at Disney Parks worldwide.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view artistic interpretations of the world’s most famous mouse. For the pop artists of the late-1950s and 60s, Mickey personified the culture of the time: not only was his image reproduced on merchandise, but his simple, bright design echoed advertisements of the mid-century and embodied the spirit of American entertainment. The inclusion in the exhibition of iconic works by prominent artists such as Andy Warhol, Gottfried Helnwein, and Wayne Thiebaud, alongside contemporary works by Tennessee Loveless, Lorelay Bove, Eric Robison, and San Francisco-based muralist Sirron Norris, demonstrate the resonance that Mickey Mouse has with new audiences and generations. 

Presented in conjunction with the museum’s 10th Anniversary, the exhibition will be displayed in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall from May 16, 2019 through January 6, 2020. 

Enhance Your Experience with Exclusive Talks

We are also pleased to announce that in May we will host two exciting talks that celebrate Mickey Mouse. The first is a members only event with Guest Curator Andreas Deja, and will highlight the extensive process of creating such a comprehensive exhibition. The second features one of Mickey’s voice actors, Bret Iwan, who will speak on the mouse's inimitable appeal:

Members Only Event | Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World Preview with Guest Curator Andreas Deja
Wed, May 15 | 1–2pm and 4–5pm | Learn more here

Voicing an Icon: Mickey Talks with Bret Iwan
Sat, May 18 | 11am–12:30pm and 3–4:30pm | Learn more here

On-sale dates and times for these programs will be announced on Friday, February 1, 2019. To get access to the members only event, attend the Members Only Preview Day (May 15), and receive discounts on tickets and other exclusive member benefits, join today