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Every Wed, Oct 23–Dec 18 (No class Nov 27) | 4–6pm

Successful animators must always first have a comprehensive understanding of basic animation techniques and principles. This eight-week course focuses on one of these concepts in each class by working traditionally with pencil and paper. Budding animators develop a strong foundation, continue to

Sat, Dec 14 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Walt Disney always encouraged his animators to remain lifelong students and continually improve their craft with every project. Bring your art and join us for this informative workshop about how to build a well-rounded portfolio or demo-reel and cater these items to the job or internship you want.

Through in-depth and engaging outreach programming, we serve the Bay Area and continue our history of programming with our community—rather than for it.

Field Trips
8–9am PST on Wednesdays
1:30–2:30pm PST on Thursdays & Fridays
Benefitting from embedded digital media content, this walk-through the museum brings Walt’s inspirational message to life. Classes learn about his early failures, the art of animation, storytelling principles, and the technological innovations that made classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Thu, Dec 12

Due to a special event, the museum will close early at 4pm with last gallery entry at 2:45pm.

Volunteer at the museum and help us continue Walt’s legacy by creating a unique and lasting experience for our guests. Work alongside our dedicated staff and share your passion, stories, and knowledge of the museum and Walt with visitors of all ages. 

Daily, except Tuesday | 3pm

This December, we invite you to watch the remarkable story of Walter Elias Disney come to life in documentary, Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001). Charmingly narrated by actor Dick Van Dyke, you’ll hear from Disney Legends Alice and Marc Davis, Bob Gurr, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Floyd Norman,

Daily, except Tuesday | 1pm

In Christmas with Walt Disney—directed by Don Hahn and produced exclusively for the museum—Diane Disney Miller shares stories of how Walt spent the holidays, both at work and at home with his family. This sentimental behind-the-scenes peek includes family home videos alongside seasonal clips from

Special Events
Thu, Dec 12
6–9:30pm party, 5pm & 6pm programs

Celebrate 10 Years of Magic at The Walt Disney Family Museum with a festive Winter Ball hosted at the museum. Toast the last of our series of 10 Year Anniversary programs with exclusive performances by Mouseketeers Sharon Baird and Cubby O'Brien and Broadway actress and vocalist Juliana Hansen (Mary

Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Walt Disney Family Museum is one of the Bay Area’s most inspirational event and meeting venues. The breathtaking backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, coupled with the natural beauty of the surroundings, embrace this unique venue in the charm of San Francisco. Meetings and events can be customized to include any or all of the spaces in The Walt Disney Family Museum to make your event a truly memorable and remarkable experience. 

For additional information and pricing, please contact our Events Manager at 415.345.6827 or events@wdfmuseum.org.

"Memories of Christmas Past" by Diane Disney Miller
Posted on Sat, 12/25/2010 - 06:00

Christmas is the most exciting time of the year, and not just because of Santa Claus. It is a wonderful time of celebration, of expectation, filled with glorious music. In our home, the excitement began with the Nativity set, which had been carefully packed away just after New Year's Day. It was brought out and all the figures carefully removed from the cotton in which they'd been wrapped...

Job Function

The Senior Membership Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the museum’s membership program. Activities associated with this role include managing special initiatives and campaigns to generate and steward income for the museum, fostering the membership community, actively participating in and supporting the activities and work of the museum, and encouraging member loyalty and upgraded levels of investment. The Senior Membership Coordinator is the primary liaison between individual members and the museum and a key liaison with donors. The Senior Membership Coordinator must be a skilled communicator with the ability to provide outstanding customer service and project a professional company image through in-person and phone interaction.

Our employees strive to achieve and perpetuate the values Walt held so closely in his work and life: 

  • We are dedicated to the mission of the museum and the vision of Walt Disney. 
  • We believe that a quality experience for visitors is possible only when there is a collaborative desire for a job well done and a “can do” attitude. 
  • We strive for excellence in everything we do. We value the diverse contributions of each individual with respect and without judgment. 
  • We foster an atmosphere of supportive challenge and allow the development of insightful, collaborative, and innovative ideas.

We believe that to achieve the level of quality associated with Walt Disney, each person, as an individual and as part of a cohesive team, contributes to delivering a quality experience to every guest of The Walt Disney Family Museum.

Sat, Dec 14 | 1–2:30pm

Skiing was one of Walt’s favorite wintertime activities and, subsequently, one of the last projects he worked on was development of the Mineral King Ski Resort in land that eventually was annexed into California’s Sequoia National Park. Interested and inquisitive individuals can spy Walt’s skis

Sun, Dec 8 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Walt Disney’s love of trains led him to build a ridable miniature railway in his backyard: the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Many parts of this model train, including the fully-decorated caboose, were handmade or assembled by Walt himself and is currently on display in the museum’s Gallery 9. Join us

Sun, Feb 23 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Unlike the other puppets in Geppetto’s workshop, Pinocchio is a living puppet who is able to dance and move without strings. However, traditional marionette puppets are held up by strings which allow the puppeteer to manipulate their joints in complex movements. Join us in this workshop as we

Sun, Mar 15 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Fifty years ago, General Electric Carousel of Progress debuted at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. This Audio-Animatronics® stage attraction showcased the shift of technology in a typical American household over several decades. In its current iteration, the attraction’s most futuristic scene is

Located in the historic Presidio of San Francisco, California, The Walt Disney Family Museum is a center for art, animation, and inspiration. Since October 1, 2009, our nonprofit museum has celebrated the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney, thanks in large part to Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, who wanted to share her father's story with the world. Now, in recognition of the museum's tenth anniversary, this podcast will do its part to honor the man behind the magic.

Join us for stories and conversations about the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney as we reflect on The Walt Disney Family Museum's first decade as an institution. Subscribe on Apple PodcastSpotifyStitcher, Google Play, and TuneIn.