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Workshops Virtual
Fri, Dec 4 | 5:30pm

Walt Disney found artist Mary Blair’s colorful paintings exciting and unique, and knew there was no one better suited to the job of designing his innovative “it’s a small world” attraction for the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. While Blair was an artist by trade, designing a ride like “small world”

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Healing In Color showcases artworks created by children receiving cancer treatment at two Bay Area hospitals. Walt Disney once said that “fantasy and reality often overlap.” The young artists whose works will be on display as part of this exhibition have been encouraged to explore this intersection
Special Events
Mon, Nov 30–Sat, Dec 5 | All events are free

Join us for a virtual celebration of Walt Disney’s birthday, honoring the many innovations Walt and his company have contributed to the entertainment and animation industry, and the diverse artists that continue his legacy of innovation today. The Walt Disney Family Museum will be offering a week

Talks Virtual
Wed, Dec 16 | 5:30pm PT

Join Academy Award®-winning director, Disney Legend, and animator Glen Keane for a presentation behind his feature directorial debut, Netflix Animation’s Over the Moon (2020). As a special treat, watch as Keane draws one of his favorite characters from the film live.

Talks Virtual
Fri, Dec 18 | 5:30pm PT

Join director, effects animator, screenwriter, and story artist Mark Dindal for behind-the-scenes stories from his work on Disney’s  Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), The Black Cauldron (1985), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rockeeter (1991), The Emperor’s New Groove (2000), and Chicken Little (2005)

Talks Virtual
Wed, Dec 9 | 5:30pm PT

Join director, producer, and talent agent Richard Kraft for behind-the-scenes stories from his work at Kraft-Engel Management, including Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert (2015), Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert (2016) and Beauty and the Beast in Concert (2018), Alan

Talks Workshops Virtual
Sat, Nov 14 | 11:00am PT

Join Story Artist Lila Martinez for an interactive storyboarding workshop and Q&A. From the comfort of your home, learn the basics of storyboarding and create your own storyboard using Post-It® Notes and a pencil.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Nov 21 | 10:30am–noon

In the early days of animation, artists struggled to make characters move in an interesting way while also keeping them simple enough to draw quickly and repeatedly. As a solution, Walt and other animators in the 1920s and 30s adopted a drawing style which gave the characters “rubber hose” limbs

San Francisco, July 24, 2020—The Walt Disney Family Museum is delighted to host Oscar®-, Grammy®-, Tony®-, and Golden Globe®-winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken for an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Streamed live on Thursday, August 6th, this special event will be presented in

San Francisco, October 28, 2020—We are happy to announce that The Walt Disney Family Museum plans to reopen to the public on Thursday, November 5, 2020 in accordance with guidelines recently announced by the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco and the Governor’s Office of California.

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We are happy to announce that The Walt Disney Family Museum plans to reopen to the public on Thursday, November 5. We missed you and cannot wait to see you at the museum soon! Come experience Walt Disney’s uplifting life story through our innovative galleries, memorable artifacts, and original artworks.

Beginning Thursday, November 5, the museum will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm, with last gallery entry at 4:15pm, and will be closed Monday through Wednesday for the remainder of the year.

To accommodate our guests safely and to ensure proper distancing, we require all guests—including members—to reserve tickets prior to their visit. Admission will be available on a timed-ticket basis with limited capacities set for each time slot. Visit our Tickets page to purchase or reserve tickets. Members of The Walt Disney Family Museum are invited to visit our members-only ticket reservation page to reserve your free tickets. Tickets will be released in short-term increments to ensure availability. If tickets for your desired date are not yet available, please check back as additional dates continue to be added.

Details on our upcoming special exhibitions The Walt Disney Studios and World War II and Veterans Voices: Painted Realities, including opening dates, will be forthcoming.

The museum cares deeply about the health and safety of our guests and staff. We are therefore taking the following measures to ensure an enjoyable experience:

  • Face coverings are required at all times for staff and guests ages three and over
  • Increased cleaning frequency and procedures implemented throughout the day
  • Distancing of at least six feet required for both guests and staff
  • Additional hand sanitation stations installed throughout the museum and signage indicating handwashing locations
  • Installation of clear acrylic coverings in transactional areas
  • Directional signage and placement of staff to ensure continual flow and eliminate crowding
  • Modified gallery interactives and listening stations that can now be experienced using the WDFM mobile app, headphones, or disposable styluses available free of charge
  • Capacity limitations for daily attendance and all spaces
  • Daily staff health checks prior to arrival at the museum
  • Due to current restrictions, our café, water fountains, coat check, theater, and Learning Center will remain closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • We ask that visitors take a self-screening questionnaire before visiting the museum. Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms. If you purchased tickets and need to reschedule your visit, email tickets@wdfmuseum.org. Members can email membership@wdfmuseum.org for similar inquiries. Although no refunds are available, our team is happy to reschedule your visit.

We deeply appreciate your support during our closure and your cooperation as we reopen. We thank you for helping create an enjoyable experience for everyone and very much look forward to welcoming you back to The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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Talks Virtual
Sat, Oct 31 | 1pm

Join us for this frightfully fun Halloween panel as artists and creators behind the holiday stop-motion favorite, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), discuss the making of this groundbreaking animated masterpiece and memories from working on set alongside the creative genius Tim