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Visit our Fantasia-themed theater for public programs, special events, and screenings of classic Disney films. See below for our upcoming offering of film screenings.

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Main Museum, Special Exhibition Open

Open Thu–Sun

Main museum hours: 10am–5:30pm (last entry at 4:30pm)
Main museum hours on December 24 and 31: 10am–4pm (last entry at 3pm)

Special exhibition hours: 10am–5pm (last entry at 4pm)
Special exhibition hours on December 24 and 31: 10am–3pm (last entry at 2pm)

We are thrilled to welcome you back to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the scenic Presidio of San Francisco. Experience Walt Disney’s uplifting life story showcased through our state-of-the-art galleries, which house hundreds of memorable artifacts, original artworks, and a spectacular miniature model of Disneyland.

To ensure entry, we encourage visitors to pre-purchase tickets before their visit.

We thank you for helping create an enjoyable experience for everyone and are happy to see you back at the museum soon.

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Workshops
Sun, Sep 18 | 10:30am–12:30pm PT

Extreme color transformations within leaves and flowers occur in the Fall. Color has also left quite a cinematic impact on the depiction of flora, especially in Walt Disney’s short film, Flowers and Trees (1932). This year, celebrate the Academy Award®-winning cartoon’s 90th anniversary as we

Talks
Sun, Aug 28 | 6pm

Last year, we collaborated with Bob Baker Marionette Theater on an engaging and popular virtual presentation. This August, we are excited to welcome Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Executive Director and Head Puppeteer Alex Evans and Director of Development and Community Partnerships Winona Bechtle

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 10 | 10:30am–noon PT

As Fall begins, orchards are filled with sweet apples ripe for the picking. Join us as we enjoy a favorite Autumn pastime and explore how characters have been animated harvesting throughout film and television. With a focus on gesture, pose, and silhouettes, follow along as you animate a character

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 27 | 1–2:30pm PT

Every hero needs a dynamic pose, action, or movement to visually tell the audience how amazing they are. Join as we explore the dynamic acts of protagonists within the animated world, and then use traditional hand-drawn animation to create a hero fleeing a scene only to slide back to defend themself

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 13 | 1–2:30pm PT

Within the world of animation, cloaks are an iconic item of clothing for fantastical adventures. A gust of wind side-sweeping a cape can make for an impactful moment in a fanciful narrative. Join us as we delve into how animators throughout the years have used various techniques to achieve the

September 2021 Update

In the past several years, The Walt Disney Family Museum has significantly increased its commitment to providing art and animation instruction, with a focused emphasis on serving underrepresented communities. In addition to offering on-site and virtual classes, workshops, and school experiences, our animation instructors also travel to our Title I partner schools to teach the students on campus.

This year, as a part of The Walt Disney Family Museum Animation Academy initiative, the museum is thrilled to be launching an Animation Academy Certificate Program at Eastside High School, a school in East Palo Alto, California that is dedicated to providing opportunities for students historically underrepresented in higher education. This year-long program consists of two weekly sessions—a day of instruction on Saturday and an additional after-school session—and provides the students with state-of-the-art training in the principles of animation. All costs for the program, including equipment and materials, are made possible by generous donor support.

Building on Walt Disney’s legacy of fostering the next generation of creative talent, as well as the Museum’s own commitment to underserved individuals and communities, the Academy’s mission is to provide a nurturing, creative environment in which the students receive comprehensive training in art, animation, and storytelling. Our plan is to expand the reach of the program, with the long-term goal of diversifying the employee ranks in the animation and film industries.

KEY POINTS:

  • The Academy initiative is designed for high school students, with recruitment focused in historically underserved communities.
  • Curriculum centers on animation, with an animated film as a final project.
  • Students receive state-of-the-art animation training, engaging and leveraging the Museum’s industry and academic partnerships.
  • Lessons are structured around the 12 principles of animation, storytelling, and short film development.
  • The goal is to become a national model for programs in the animation and film industries, utilizing the power of the arts to transform and enrich the lives of students.

For more information, please contact Emily Vann Green at evann@wdfmuseum.org

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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jul 23 | 1–2:30pm PT

From the earliest years of animation to today, artists have relied on gag humor to entertain their audiences. One of the most famous animated characters known for their extreme and hilarious stunts is Goofy. Join us in this workshop as we celebrate this comedic character's 90th anniversary and the

Virtual Exhibition Open Now

“Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us. It’s a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if

Nov 18, 2021–Mar 20, 2022

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its next community exhibition, Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition. Adult and teen artists are invited to submit artwork inspired by their own holiday traditions and expressing what the spirit of the season means to them.

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Advisory Committee is made up of extraordinary individuals, each with a substantial list of remarkable personal and professional achievements. Their combined insight, experience, and vision provide important strategic guidance for the museum in carrying out its mission and expanding its outreach and impact. Constituted in April 2015 to complement the museum’s Board of Directors, the Advisory Committee comprises the following distinguished members:

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"You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality."—Walt Disney

Since opening over 10 years ago, we have sought to make the museum a place where our guests could find animation, innovation, and inspiration and immerse themselves in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney—the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy, transforming the entertainment world. Donations help ensure future generations will continue to be inspired by Walt Disney’s life and legacy by supporting the museum’s unique galleries, special exhibitions, public programs, and educational efforts.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are fully tax deductible. The museum’s EIN is 46-4118590. For more information about making a contribution, please call 415.345.6829.

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Films
Sat & Sun, Jul 2–31 | 2pm

In celebration of the opening of our latest special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, join us for a month-long screening of The Jungle Book (1967) to see the film that inspired the exhibition.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jul 9 | 1–2:30pm PT

This year we celebrate the 90th anniversary of one of our favorite animated characters, Goofy. For generations, this lovable character has made quite the impression with his comedic antics and iconic laugh. Join us in this workshop as we explore the evolution of our pal Goofy, then examine different

Talks Virtual
Wed, Jun 29 | 5:30pm PT

Presented in honor of Pride Month 2022, join television showrunner Shadi Petosky as she discusses her career in Hollywood as an writer and television producer, including the creation of her Emmy®-winning show Danger & Eggs, pioneering positive LGBTQ+ representation in children’s media.

Workshops Virtual
Sun, Jul 17 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In 1932, a certain guffawing character made his first appearance in Mickey’s Revue (1932) and eventually developed into the beloved Goofy. Over 90 years, the character has grown emotionally and visually within animated productions to the complex version we see on our screen today. Join us in this

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 13 | 10:30am–noon PT

Within the world of animation, cloaks are an iconic item of clothing for fantastical adventures. A gust of wind side-sweeping a cape can make for an impactful moment in a fanciful narrative. Join us as we delve into how animators throughout the years have used various techniques to achieve the