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Selling Mickey: The Rise of Disney Marketing
Posted on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 06:00
On Saturday June 23, author (The Disney Treasures, The Mickey Mouse Treasures) and past manager of the Walt Disney Archives Robert Tieman will be delving into the little-known Advance Promotion Campaign. In anticipation, museum volunteer Keith Gluck gives us deeper glance at the history of the merchandising behind the world's favorite rodent: Mickey Mouse!
Seven Dwarf Days: Doc!
Posted on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 09:30
We have hit the final days of counting down to our new major exhibition, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic on Thursday, November 15. We're kicking off our Seven Dwarf Days with the "leader" of the pac... Doc!
Walt and Lilly
Posted on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 06:00
The story of Walt’s early romance with Lillian Bounds is a favorite tale among biographers and historians. Many are familiar with the tale of Walt driving Lilllian and the other Ink and Paint girl home when they would work late. Walt would drop off the other girl first, even though Lillian’s house was closer. However, there is more to the story...
Forgotten Disney Heroines: The Disney Secretaries
Posted on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 06:00
Recently, there has been a lot of information published about women at the Disney Studio, with a fascination that they were involved in more than the traditional ink and paint roles. However, there is one group of women who worked at the Disney Studio that always seem to get slighted or forgotten: the Disney secretaries.
Mickey's First Love: Minnie
Posted on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 10:00
If Mickey Mouse is the world’s most famous mouse, Minnie is surely the world's second-most famous. People have often speculated as to just what kind of relationship Mickey and Minnie share...
Unusual Suspects: Mortimer Mouse
Posted on Mon, 03/18/2013 - 14:30
Each month in our Unusual Suspects series, we examine one character from a classic film or series, which may not shine as brightly as the main characters, but still plays a distinct role in the story. As we celebrate Mickey Mouse throughout March with our Mickey Mouse-a-thon screenings, we take a look at a character whose reputation—and name—precedes him: Mortimer Mouse!
"Over There": Walt Disney's World War I Adventure
Posted on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 06:00
In 1918, when George M. Cohan song “Over There” entreated young men to “grab your gun, on the run...do your bit, show your grit...make your Daddy glad ...make your Mother proud,” thousands heeded this call. Four years into World War I, 16-year-old Walt Disney was one of them.
Ub Iwerks: Master of Animation and Technology
Posted on Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:54

Ub Iwerks was a man of many talents. He was a prolific animator and a brilliant technical mind. He was Walt’s Swiss Army knife, a man who was to Walt whatever he needed him to be.

World War One Walt
Posted on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 06:00

In observance of Memorial Day, internationally-respected Disney Historian Jim Korkis has provided the following insight into Walt’s Red Cross service. 

Posted on Sat, 02/09/2019 - 22:05
With a heavy heart and deep sadness, we share that Ron Miller, husband of Diane Disney Miller, son-in-law of Walt Disney, President of the Board of Directors at The Walt Disney Family Museum, and owner of Silverado Vineyards, has passed in Napa, California at the age of 85.
Posted on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:45
“He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when the business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb, and disaster seemed right around the corner,” Walt penned in 1948.
Sat, Feb 22 | 1pm

When Jim Henson’s epic fantasy film The Dark Crystal was released in 1982, audiences marveled at the stunning artistry of the film, as well as its incredible puppets perfected by its iconic creator. A mere 37 years after its release, Netflix premiered a new prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of

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.

Sep 25, 2019–Jan 20, 2020

A Powerful Force: Working to End Homelessness Through Art features original artwork created by young people experiencing homelessness. The exhibition’s title was inspired by sentiments original expressed by Walt Disney himself: “There is great comfort and inspiration in this feeling of close human

Sat, Feb 1 | 2pm

Join Disney Visual Development Artist Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, half of the husband-and-wife artist duo Griz & Norm, as she takes us on a journey through the creation of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest hit, Frozen II (2019). Follow Sastrawinata on her own artistic journey while she dives

Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon and 1–3pm
Limited time only: September 4, 2019 to February 17, 2020
Students take a tour of our newest special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, with gallery activities and group discussions centered around one-of-a-kind Mickey artworks and objects. In the Learning Center, students bring to life their own animated characters using a Crankie box

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.

Click-through previews of available spaces are provided below.