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March 23–October 9, 2017
Explore the dynamic work of one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators of our time: Andreas Deja. This unique exhibition showcases original works on paper and maquettes of Deja’s most iconic Disney characters, from menacing villains Scar and Jafar and larger-than-life muscle men
Nov 9, 2017 – Jan 8, 2018
The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to continue our holiday tradition of Home for the Holidays at Carolwood, an immersive seasonal installation celebrating Walt’s family and love of trains, on view from November 9, 2017 to January 8, 2018.
September 28, 2017–January 8, 2018
In partnership with select senior-care facilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Looking Inward cumulates artwork from a unique outreach project centered around art-making activities for underserved seniors, many of whom live with memory disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms
Mar 8–Sep 3, 2018
Immerse yourself in some of the most unforgettable characters of our time, from the imposing Beast and fearless Tarzan, to the daring heroines Ariel, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel.
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Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm
In the galleries, students learn the history of Audio-Animatronics® technology, first invented by WED Enterprises during the early 1960s. During this hands-on team workshop, students become Imagineers and are challenged to navigate Sphero SPRK robots using block computer programming.
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Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon
In the galleries, students discover the importance of storytelling structure in animation by taking part in interactive activities focused on the concepts of character, setting, and plot, as they apply to film. In the Learning Center, they work collaboratively to write a story within eight frames
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Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10–11:30am & 1–2:30pm

Students learn about Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers to see how their creativity and dreams led to the construction of Disneyland. During the workshop, students create a ride blueprint, collaboratively prototype designs by assembling and testing a variety of ride tracks, and—like real

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Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10–11:30am
On this tour, our littlest students learn all about the importance of color in animation. In the galleries, they explore how color is used as a form of storytelling to set the mood of animated movies. In the Learning Center, they create their own color scripts to gain a better understanding of how
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Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 10am–noon
In the galleries, students discover the importance of storytelling in animation by engaging in interactive activities focused on the concepts of character, setting, and plot. In the Learning Center, they will illustrate and animate a story using a zoetrope, a device that produces the illusion of
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Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm

Thanks to a new partnership with The Society of California Pioneers, located just steps away from the museum, students begin this program at The Society’s research library engaging with primary source materials, creating a narrative, and collecting images. The second half of their hands-on

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Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri 10am–noon
In the galleries, students discover how Walt encouraged his staff to experiment with special effects technology to make animation more compelling and realistic, and how the resulting advancements inspired the industry as a whole. In the Learning Center, students experiment with a mini Multiplane
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Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm
Students take a tour through the galleries highlighting the importance of music throughout Walt's life. With a focus on masterpieces like the Silly Symphonies (1929–39) and Fantasia (1940), the guided tour then transitions students into an interactive workshop where they make music collaboratively
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Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 10am–noon
In the galleries, students step into Walt’s shoes, using their imaginations as they discover exciting moments in Walt’s life and the history of animation. In the Learning Center, students star in their own short animated movie using an engaging stop-motion technique called “pixilation” to gain a
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Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm

Students tour the main museum galleries in search of unique hand-drawn special effects in Disney classics from 1937 to 1966, discussing The Walt Disney Studios’ many technological innovations, like the Multiplane Camera that brought new dimensions to Walt’s stories. In the Learning Center, students

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Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon and 1–3pm

In the galleries, students reflect on the work of Imagineers, who worked under Walt at WED Enterprises during the 1950s and 60s to imagine, research, design, and build some of Disney’s most iconic and revolutionary projects and attractions. In the Learning Center, students apply these concepts to

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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
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Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri | 10am–4pm
School groups are welcome to explore the museum’s galleries on their own at a discounted school rate. Self-guided school groups have access to the museum’s core galleries, special exhibitions, and film screenings. Be sure to pick up a STEAM Self-Guide handout for each student to use while touring

Enjoy screenings of classic Disney films in our Fantasia-themed theater. Beginning in April 2019, there will be changes to our standard film schedule: film screenings will occur only on select weekend days. Additionally, you will no longer be able to purchase film tickets in advance online; all film tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased in-person at the Ticket Desk on the day of your visit. Please check our calendar on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date schedule, exceptions, and pricing. See a schedule of our upcoming films in list form here