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Jan 13, 2016 – Sep 12, 2016

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback. Open from January 13 to September 12, 2016, this exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of the life and work of Disney Legend Mel Shaw (1914–2012)—an artist and storyteller whose skills were in demand by the

Special Events
Tue, Dec 4 | 6–8pm

On Tuesday, December 4, join curator Michael Campbell for a special fundraising event, celebrating The Napa Valley Museum Yountville’s presentation of Walt Disney’s Trains, an exhibition that had its debut at The Walt Disney Family Museum in 2014. Guests can enjoy Silverado Vineyards wine with a

Talks
Sat, Jan 5 | 2pm

Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men were some of the most talented artists at The Walt Disney Studios during Walt’s lifetime. However, their unique genius was not confined to their animator’s desks; the sincerity in their work was often inspired by their own families and the people that surrounded them.

Nov 15, 2018–Jan 7, 2019
The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to announce the return of Home for the Holidays at Carolwood, an immersive seasonal installation celebrating Walt’s family as well as his love of trains.
Workshops
Daily, Dec 16–29,
except Tuesdays & Dec 19, 24, & 25 | 1–3pm

The Artist Studio is geared toward adults and children ages 7 and up. Exploring the world of animation, guests can step into our Learning Center to discover aspects of stop-motion and specific techniques. Our studio staff will be present to support, encourage, and inspire students to grab some paper

Workshops
Daily, Dec 16–29,
except Tuesdays & Dec 19, 24, & 25 | 10am–noon

The Art Playground is for families with children ages 3 to 6. In our Learning Center, children will learn about Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins and the simple techniques of character design. Using their imagination, they will apply their new skills to create their own felted penguin. Our studio staff

Classes
Every Thu, Nov 1–Dec 13 (No class Nov 22) | 4–6pm

In this six-week class, take the traditional animation techniques that Walt and his team used daily with pencil and paper, and move them into the digital world. Learn skills and software using Toon Boom to create hand-drawn animation on the computer. This class will focus on introductory-level

Workshops
Sat, Dec 8 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In 1939, Walt Disney began production on the animated feature Bambi (1942) and enlisted artist Tyrus Wong to inspire the influential backgrounds used in the film. His minimalist style, specifically in his background concepts, revolutionized the animation art form and continues to be used today. Join

Classes
Every Sun, Oct 28–Dec 9 (No class Nov 25) | 10am–noon

Walt Disney’s career began in the world of cartooning. From a young age, he envisioned himself as a cartoon artist and, in fact, drew many of the comics in his high school newspaper The Voice. With this passion, he created one of the most recognizable cartoon characters of all time. Join us for this

Classes
Every Sun, Oct 28–Dec 9 (No class Nov 25) | 1–3pm

In this six-week class, take the traditional animation techniques that Walt and his team used daily with pencil and paper, and move them into the digital world. Learn skills and software using Toon Boom to create hand-drawn animation on the computer. This class will focus on introductory-level

Talks
Sat, Feb 2 | 1pm

To celebrate the museum’s 10th Anniversary, we are excited to theme our talks to one of our galleries each month. Beginning with gallery 1 in February, we will kick off this celebration by further exploring Walt Disney’s early life, and how his childhood home in Chicago—famously designed and built

Films
Nov | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 3pm
No screenings on Mon, Nov, 5;
Wed–Fri, Nov 7–9; Sun, Nov 11; Thu, Nov 29
Make Mine Music has the familiar spirit of Fantasia (1940) with the film’s narrative driven by popular music. Enjoy ten compiled Disney shorts that share stories of American folklore, timeless tales from around the globe, and by pure imagination.
Films
Nov | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm & Sat: 4pm
No screenings on Sat, Nov 3; Mon, Nov, 5; Wed–Fri, Nov 7–9; Sun, Nov 11; Thu, Nov 22
Enjoy this silly package feature with the familiar faces of Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald, as well as the debut of Bongo the Bear.
Classes
Every Sun, Mar 17–May 5 | 1:30–4pm
Exception: No class on Apr 21.

From a young age, Walt Disney was interested in comics and sequential art. At McKinley High School, he drew comics for the school’s magazine, The Voice. In this eight-week course, we will explore where comics come from, and what makes this form of visual storytelling unique. Students will use

Every Tuesday

The Walt Disney Family Museum is closed every Tuesday.

Thursday, November 22 | CLOSED
The Walt Disney Family Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Films
May | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm | Sat: 4pm
The game is afoot! The super sleuth of rodents, Basil of Baker Street, has been hired to solve the case of the abducted toymaker. Basil’s powers of deduction will be pitted against his nemesis Professor Rattigan, animated by Glen Keane. This film is being shown in conjunction with our special
Talks
Sat, Jun 16 | 1pm
In this program, Dale Baer shares his memories of the five years during which he worked with six of the Nine Old Men. Having learned some significant lessons from these masters, Baer went on to have a career in animation that included work as a lead animator.