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Talks Virtual
Wed, Jan 13 | 5:30pm PT

Join actor Jonathan Freeman as he shares behind-the-scenes stories from voicing the villain Jafar in the Aladdin franchise and appearances on Broadway in Disney's Mary PoppinsThe Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast.

Talks Virtual
This talk has been rescheduled
Fri, Jan 29 | 5:30pm PT

Since its publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been interpreted by hundreds of artists and filmmakers, including Walt Disney in his classic 1951 animated feature film. Continuing in this tradition, pop artist Camille Rose Garcia weaved together her

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.

Posted on Wed, 11/25/2020 - 12:54

In 2019, The Walt Disney Family Museum was gifted one of two existing Mousegetars belonging to beloved head Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd. Manufactured by Candelario Delgado of Candelas Guitar Shop, the custom-made tenor guitar was previously part of the Jimmie Dodd Archive housed at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) University in Valencia, CA.

A Team Effort: Inspecting Some New Artistic Treasures on Display
Posted on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 17:06

One of Walt's many great talents was stimulating other artists, inspiring them to create stunning works of all types. Explore some work by Walt’s staff, only recently rotated onto display in the museum’s main galleries.

Posted on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:28

Need something to do while you are stuck inside? We have compiled ten articles exploring different facets of Walt's life for you to read, and are starting a Blog Club on our Facebook page to foster discussion on these topics.

How to Make a Thaumatrope

Developed in the early 19th century, Thaumatropes are an optical toy and one of the earliest forms of animation. Using two illustrated sides of a disc, Thaumatropes create the illusion of motion that seemingly have drawings blend into one.

With this downloadable guide, make your own Thaumatrope at home.

Talks Virtual
Wed, Feb 3 | 5:30pm PT

Join animator James Baxter as he shares behind-the-scenes stories from animating Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek 2 (2004), Madagascar (2005)

Talks Virtual
Wed, Dec 23 | 5:30pm PT

Please join us for a special holiday treat—the one-and-only Santa J Claus reading “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” answering your questions for Old St. Nick, and sharing his own favorite Disney memories. 

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Dec 19 | 10:30am-12:30pm

Join long-time Disney Supervising Animator Dave Pruiksma—Flounder and Seahorse from The Little Mermaid (1989); Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast (1991); Victor and Hugo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996); and many others—as he illustrates a scene from scratch, shares a rare look

Special Events Virtual
On-Demand Access through Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PST

Join us as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Walt's groundbreaking symphonic masterpiece Fantasia (1940) with themed entertainment and activities, including video tours and interviews with three special guests: animation historian and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker John Canemaker, animation

Our social narrative is a resource for persons on the autism spectrum who may benefit from descriptions and pictures that show what a typical visit to The Walt Disney Family Museum is like. If you, your child, or someone else in your group would benefit from this resource, you can download our Social Narrative as a PDF below. 

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Dec 12 | 10:30am–noon

Before cel animation came to prominence as the most popular style for cartoons in the 1920s, some early animators experimented with clay. Since then, animators have used clay to animate everything from films and television shows to video games. Join us and get creative with clay as you learn how to

The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to call San Francisco's historic Presidio home. Visit our About page to learn more about the history of our museum buildings. For more information about restaurants, amenities, trails, transportation, and more, visit the Presidio’s newly-renovated William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center, located just down the street from the museum on Lincoln Boulevard, and adjacent to the Presidio Transit Center. Additionally, explore the Presidio’s website to learn more before visiting the park. 


The Museum Store offers an abundance of Disney-themed gifts, apparel, books, postcards, exclusive pins, and more. Be sure to stop by during your visit as our selection of items is constantly changing to correlate with the special exhibitions and programs that occur at the museum.

Beginning Thursday, November 5, the Museum Store will be open during museum open hours: Thursday through Sunday, from 10am to 5:30pm. The Museum Store will not be open the weekend of October 31. For other ways to shop—online or by phone—visit waltdisney.org/store.


Our café is temporarily closed, but we hope to offer grab-and-go options to be enjoyed in outdoor spaces soon. There is no food or beverage consumption permitted in the indoor museum spaces at this time except for bottled water. There is no access to water fountains available at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Fri, Jan 1 | CLOSED

The Walt Disney Family Museum is closed on New Year's Day.

Have a wonderful holiday!