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Posted on Fri, 01/19/2024 - 16:06

On view in January–February 2024.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Family Museum is showcasing objects from the museum’s collection which highlight important moments in Walt’s career. These objects, which include recent acquisitions and fragile materials that have never been publicly displayed, will rotate periodically throughout the year.

Films
Sat & Sun, Feb 3–25 | 2pm
No screening Feb 3, 10, and 11

Join us this February for a special month-long screening of Cinderella (1950)—the Disney Studios’ long-awaited return to long-form, single-story animation after World War II—and experience the classic tale of overcoming adversity to find true love with the help of a Fairy Godmother, a dash of magic...

Look Closer: Lilly's Oscar Bracelet Recap!
Posted on Mon, 02/28/2011 - 06:00

As visitors to The Walt Disney Family Museum make their way through the second floor galleries, they occasionally overlook the displays in 7B, intent on taking in the breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge that awaits them just beyond. But when that occurs, these guests miss the opportunity to see the special treasures arrayed in the cases in this gallery...

Look Closer: Charlotte Clark Donald Duck Doll Recap!
Posted on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 06:00

Although Walt Disney often said he personally identified with the character of Mickey Mouse, many fans would pick Donald Duck if they really thought about it. With his optimistic outlook on life yet temperamental nature and tendency to overreact, Donald’s a character we feel sympathy for and can understand. He often displays those aspects of our personalities we’re not always proud of but which certainly make us human. Donald Duck is like us, and for that reason we’re drawn to him. ...

"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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Posted on Wed, 01/31/2024 - 16:18

On November 16, 2023, Pawsibilities Unleashed: A Pet Portrait Exhibition debuted in The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Theater and Lower Lobby Galleries. Presented concurrently with our special exhibition, Disney Cats & Dogs, this unique collection of artworks features portraits by local Bay Area and Disney-related artists, showcasing the profound impact animal companions have on their creative expression. The talented staff at The Walt Disney Family Museum was asked to contribute artwork that...

Workshops
Sat, Feb 24 | 10:30am–noon

Wander down the path of adaptations and stitch together the symbolism of sewing in animation and how often this craft has been represented throughout the history of filmmaking. Then, using traditional animation techniques, animate your very own tailor hard at work!

Nov 16, 2023–Mar 24, 2024

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce Pawsibilities Unleashed: A Pet Portrait Exhibition. Presented concurrently with our special exhibition, Disney Cats & Dogs, this unique collection of artworks will feature portraits by local Bay Area and Disney-related artists, showcasing the...

Talks
Sat, Mar 2
Screening begins at noon, Talk and Q&A to follow

Join us for a special screening of The Inventor (2023)—a stop-motion journey through Leonardo da Vinci's curious mind and groundbreaking inventions—written and directed by Jim Capobianco, known for his Academy Award®-nominated story work on Disney and Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007). Following the...

Classes
Every Wed, Jan 24–Mar 13 | 4–6pm

Successful animators have a comprehensive understanding of basic animation techniques and principles. This eight-week course focuses on one of these concepts each class by working traditionally with pencil and paper. Students will develop a strong foundation, continue to build their knowledge of art...

Posted on Tue, 01/16/2024 - 14:34

Watching Alice’s Wonderland, the short pilot cartoon Walt Disney carried with him on his journey west to Los Angeles in 1923, it's ironic to consider the character Alice’s own journey by animated train. The live-action young girl—played by Virginia Davis—makes a triumphant arrival in “Cartoonland” where crowds of cheering, hand-drawn animals welcome her with pomp and ceremony. Walt’s arrival in Los Angeles could not have been more different. Not only was there no glorious welcome, but the local...

Classes
Fri, Jan 19–Mar 8, 2024 | 4:30–6:30pm

Sketchbooks can be a very expressive form of artwork. While they physically contain our drawings, they may also contain ideas, stories, thoughts, and rough experiments that are very personal to us. During this six-week class, we will delve into how to keep a sketchbook and what it means to make it a...

Classes
Thu, Jan 18–Mar 7 | 4:30–6:30pm

In this six-week class, be prepared to reimagine ideas and designs as you learn what it takes to be an animator. Using animation principles and paper cut-outs, we will explore various methods of animating such as simple ball bounces to more character-driven scenes.


Please note: This Class take...

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Feb 3 | 1–2:30pm

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Cupid is on the move and striking the hearts of our favorite animated characters. During this romantic workshop, we will take a trip down the memory lane of cartoon characters who have been famously bitten by the love bug, and we will demonstrate how...

Workshops
Sat, Jan 27 | 1–2:30pm

A spellbound princess, an heroic prince, and a menacing dragon make for the perfect recipe in a classic tale. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1956), join us for a day of magic! As we explore the development of the character Maleficent, we will dive into various...

Workshops
Sat, Jan 27 | 10:30am–noon

A spellbound princess, an heroic prince, and a menacing dragon make for the perfect recipe in a classic tale. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1956), join us for a day of magic! As we explore the development of the character Maleficent, we will dive into various...

Workshops
Sat, Feb 24 | 1–2:30pm

Wander down the path of adaptations and stitch together the symbolism of sewing in animation and how often this craft has been represented throughout the history of filmmaking. Then, using traditional animation techniques, animate your very own tailor hard at work!

Workshops
Sat, Feb 10 | 1–2:30pm

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Cupid is on the move and striking the hearts of our favorite animated characters. During this romantic workshop, we will take a trip down the memory lane of cartoon characters who have been famously bitten by the love bug, and we will demonstrate how...

Workshops
Sat, Jan 20 | 1–2:30pm

In the world of television and film, cartoon animals have gone on many adventures, such as jungle expeditions, space explorations, and one of the biggest journeys of all—school. Join us as we celebrate a new year and the return to school from holiday break. We will explore animation throughout the...