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All it takes is tuppence from you… Reflecting on 50 Years Since Walt Disney’s Passing
Posted on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:53

December 15, 2016 marks fifty years since Walt Disney’s passing. It has been half a century since the world lost one of its greatest visionaries.

Posted on Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:18

Nothing goes together better than Laugh-O-grams and candy-grams, right? Well, if that doesn’t do it for you, this list, which highlights the love in Walt’s life—particularly the love he shared with his wife, Lillian—might just help you and your special someone gain a new perspective on some of the stories that are mentioned only briefly in our galleries.

Disney and Lionel
Posted on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:00

The immersive, hands-on Family Activity Area located in our current exhibition, All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt's Trains, is made possible with the generous support of Lionel, LLC—a company that was saved by a Mickey Mouse handcar in 1934. Get a glimpse into the history between Disney and Lionel.

Thu–Sun, Aug 3–31 | 2pm
No screenings Aug 12, 18, and 19

Join us in celebrating our latest special exhibition, Disney Cats & Dogs, with a month-long screening of Oliver & Company (1988) about an abandoned kitten who finds his “fur-ever home,” encountering adventure and a pack of streetwise dogs along the way.

Special Events
Sat–Sun, Aug 19–20
Shop in-person: Additional discount available 10am–5:30pm
(last entry to Museum Store at 5pm)
Shop online: Additional discount available Saturday 9am–Sunday 9pm PT

To show our appreciation, members will receive an additional 10% discount on any in-store or online merchandise purchases made Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.

On Sunday, August 28, we will host a special members-only screening of The Walt Disney Family Museum Fifth Anniversary Film (2014...

Special Events
Sun, Jul 30 | 11am–2pm

In celebration of our latest special exhibition, Disney Cats & Dogs, we are partnering with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue to bring adoptable dogs to our museum lawn with the hope of matching them with their forever homes. Join us for an opportunity to meet, cuddle, and walk the dogs, and practice live...

Sat, Aug 12 | 1pm

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the music of the Silly Symphonies—Walt Disney’s groundbreaking, experimental series of short films that ran from 1929–1939—with Composer Fabrizio Mancinelli. Mancinelli will provide expert insight into how these short films’ musical scores delighted audiences...

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 415.345.6837 or events@wdfmuseum.org.

Click-through previews of available spaces are provided below.

Thu–Sun, Jul 1–30 | 2pm
No screening Jul 15 & 29

Join us in celebrating our latest special exhibition, Disney Cats & Dogs, with a month-long screening of One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). In addition to the titular Dalmatians, you can “spot” how various other breeds are represented in the beloved dog-centric film.

The main museum is open Thu–Sun, 10am–5:30pm (last entry at 4:30pm). Our latest special exhibition, Disney Cats & Dogs, is open Thu–Sun, 10am–5pm (last entry at 4pm) in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall. The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

For further information about our hours or admission prices, please contact Ticket Desk at 415.345.6800. Operating hours are subject to change, please check our calendar prior to planning your visit. 

Sat, Dec 25 | CLOSED

The Walt Disney Family Museum is closed on Christmas Day.

Have a wonderful holiday! 

Imagineering Your Career: Maker Camp and Imagineering
Posted on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 15:00
While researching Imagineering and opportunities for students, I came across this awesome backstage video tour of Walt Disney Imagineering. This tour was created as a virtual field trip for the Maker Camp; a program for teens interested in DIY projects in computers, engineering, robotics, and other innovative technologies.
Back to School at the Disney Studio
Posted on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 06:00
"School-age youngsters are capable of absorbing and retaining a tremendous amount of learning. Given the chance, they have an amazing aptitude for knowledge. We must not deny them that chance through shortages of classrooms and inadequate educational facilities. Having spent most of my life creating material for children and observing their potential, I feel convinced that a full-time education for our youth is our best investment in the future.” — Walt Disney
Look Closer: Heinrich Kley
Posted on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 06:00

Heinrich Kley’s influence on Walt Disney is undeniable. In 1935, Walt travelled extensively through Europe and returned with a handful of pieces by the German artist. Walt was drawn to the drama and emotion of Kley’s work, and wished to achieve a similar powerful visual narrative and sense of storytelling on screen...

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. ...

Posted on Wed, 04/21/2021 - 13:31

Wish upon a star with WD-FM as Chris and Bri take a deep dive into Walt Disney's second animated feature film, Pinocchio (1940). An epic of animated cinema, Pinocchio is full of moments of artistic beauty and fun entertainment. Learn how this film was developed and some fun facts about the technology used to bring the film to life.

Mon–Fri, Jul 17–28 | 9am–3pm

Take the first step on an incredible two-week journey as we look at what it means to be a woman in animation. Students will design their own female lead character while studying narrative structure, fairy tales, writing tropes, and stereotypes in animated films. After developing concept art and...