“Whatever we accomplish is due to the combined effort” —Walt Disney
Assisting at events is a great opportunity for team work with other volunteers, ensuring the highest quality of guest experience. You will be working alongside the event organizers and gaining a unique understanding of event planning and participation. Examples of events held at the museum are: public programs, education events, exhibition openings, member events, private events, and off-site events and promotional opportunities.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to announce that Award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver will be the narrator for the exclusive audio experience of Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination, the museum’s next major exhibition that will be on view from July 10, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
With the intelligence, subtlety, and calm authority of her voice, Ms. Weaver will lead guests through the exhibition, transporting them back in time to the lives of two of the most fascinating innovators of the twentieth century: unlikely friends Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney.
This audio tour will be complimentary with the exhibition and can be accessed through STQRY—an interactive storytelling application that enhances visitor experience through augmented audio, video, and photos. Through STQRY, guests may hear more from guest curators, hear the stories behind objects on display, and take a sneak peek at some of the work that goes into preserving and restoring objects in the museum’s collection.
To access this content, the STQRY app may be downloaded to personal devices either by searching for “STQRY” in the devices’ app store, or by visiting waltdisney.org/stqry on a mobile device. Please note that the in-app content will only be available while at The Walt Disney Family Museum.
In addition to the audio tour, the museum will offer interactive gallery activities, also through the STQRY app. These art puzzles will allow visitors of all ages to take a surrealist journey with family and friends by sparking conversation and creativity, while providing a closer look at select artworks in the exhibition.
“In order to make good in your chosen task, it’s important to have someone you want to do it for.” —Walt Disney
Museum store assistants welcome guests into the store, help them navigate layout and content, and assist in locating items. Attention to and anticipation of guest needs is vital to the store experience, as is engaging with guests about their visit to the museum. Store volunteers will help with bagging and wrapping, and also organizing, arranging, and cleaning displays. Behind the scenes, you may be tasked with pricing items, re-stocking shelves and displays, and retrieving items from storage. There are occasions when volunteers will assist with store inventory.
Volunteers who have an interest in promoting membership can do so by:
- Manning the Membership Kiosk (by the Museum Store), offering hand-outs and information, and answering questions about membership
- Helping with mailings (stuffing envelopes, etc.)
- Tidying up items after membership events (not necessarily on the event date)
- Aiding the membership coordinator with membership processes
Membership Assistants will be prompted beforehand to go over membership benefits, volunteer roles, and responsibilities with the membership coordinator.
“We have always tried to be guided by the basic idea that, in the discovery of knowledge, there is great entertainment—as, conversely, in all good entertainment there is always some grain of wisdom, humanity or enlightenment to be gained.” —Walt Disney
The volunteer roles in education are constantly evolving and changing, offering opportunities such as working alongside our educators as a school experience liaison, assisting our animation team in studio sessions, and supporting festival events.
Volunteering with our educators is a wonderful way to build confidence in teaching, and obtain an additional skill base in the understanding and demonstration of creative techniques and processes.
“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
As a gallery assistant you are an important member of our guest services team, supporting the museum’s mission to entertain, educate and inspire. You will attend to guest needs, answer questions, guide, and offer direction to guests as they move through the museum. These are important opportunities to initiate conversations with guests about their visit and experiences, and to offer information on membership. You will learn more about the museum and Walt’s story, to be better informed about museum content and environment when engaging with guests and colleagues.
This role will offer opportunities to build confidence in guest engagement, and gain a good working knowledge of museum organization and structure. The role is vital in supporting our ability to offer the highest level of guest welcome, helpfulness and consideration in a museum dedicated to the remarkable story and legacy of Walt Disney.
Join us in celebrating the distinctive talents and enduring influence of Walt Disney Studios’ most celebrated artists, playfully dubbed the “Nine Old Men” by Walt Disney, featuring never-before-seen artwork from all animated features beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), to The Fox
This original retrospective showcases the life and work of Eyvind Earle, best known as the lead stylist for Sleeping Beauty and for concept art that shaped such enduring favorites as Lady and the Tramp and Peter Pan.
Introducing a new holiday tradition; an immersive seasonal installation celebrating Walt’s family and love of trains, on view from November 17, 2016 to January 9, 2017.
The remastered edition of Walt: The Man Behind the Myth is now exclusively sold at The Walt Disney Family Museum store and on the webstore. The film is in high-definition and is available as standard and Blu-rayDVD.
The museum-wide family event on Sat, Oct 8 will celebrate Walt Disney’s contributions to the world of art and drawing, and encourage visitors of all ages to participate, observe, and enjoy drawing and storytelling.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its second annual fundraising gala benefiting the Museum’s ongoing initiatives to support the next generation of creative talent. The event will honor Marty Sklar and will include Master of Ceremonies Neil Patrick Harris.
Explore the first-ever retrospective of Mel Shaw, an artist, storyteller, and Disney Legend, whose artwork influenced some of the most significant animated films of all time, from Fantasia (1940) to The Lion King (1994). Shaw’s own life story was as romantic and adventuresome as the animated stories
The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to announce our newest exhibition, Tomorrowland: Walt's Vision for Today, on view from July 22 through December 7, 2015! Guest-curated by Academy Award®-winning director, writer, and producer BRAD BIRD, this engaging multimedia exhibition showcases Walt Disney
From Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room to the Presidio: A Special Barker Bird Lands at The Walt Disney Family Museum
San Francisco, May 29, 2014—We are pleased to announce the arrival of our very own Barker Bird—a replica of the Audio-Animatronics® Barker Bird formerly positioned outside the
Herman Schultheis is one of early animation’s most enigmatic and fascinating characters. A technician at The Walt Disney Studios in the late 1930s, he kept a covert scrapbook capturing the behind-the-scenes ingenuity of the early Disney films. He left the film business soon after his stint at Disney
A complete, detailed listing of what's happening at The Walt Disney Family Museum in April 2014, including talks, lectures, classes, workshops, activities, and special programs!
Create your own animated story, learn from professionals in the animation field, embrace your creativity through painting and sculpture, build your portfolio, and showcase your work in a gallery show/film festival. Unleash your inner animator at The Walt Disney Family Museum Animation Camps