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We are excited to announce that The Walt Disney Family Museum Animation Festival will feature films from teen and college-level animators. At the festival, located in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco, participants can attend workshops and talks, engage in activities, explore a school and career fair, and view the work of next generation's talented animators.

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Special Events Virtual
Sat, Apr 17 | 10am PT

Join us as Ron Diamond, Executive Producer of Acme Filmworks, hosts the annual Oscar® Showcase Tour. Watch a screening of this year’s Best Animated Short Film nominees and hear stories from some of the talented artists behind these spectacular movies.

Classes Virtual
Mon–Fri | Jun 7–18 | 9am–3pm PT

Comics and storyboarding share a unique connection in how to tell sequential visual stories. In this two-week class, students will discuss the history and evolution of each form and their similarities and differences. Students will learn about transferring scripts to boards and panels, gesture

San Francisco, April 15, 2021—The Walt Disney Family Museum is delighted to welcome back members and guests to the Main Museum on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Tickets for admission to both the main galleries and the special exhibition will be available for pre-purchase online beginning 10am PT today.

Thu, Apr 22 | 10am–5pm (last gallery entry at 3:45pm)

We are thrilled to welcome you back to our Main Museum galleries beginning Thursday, April 22. 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

Posted on Mon, 07/20/2020 - 12:45

In 1942, Alexander P. de Seversky released his book Victory Through Air Power, in which he challenged the status quo of military doctrine with his argument that United States air power was weak, ineffective, and highly underdeveloped. He argued that military supremacy would be derived from air supremacy, and that the future of warfare rested on the development of a super fleet capable of strategic bombing or long-range air power. This, he argued, would be far more effective than tactical air

Posted on Wed, 04/07/2021 - 13:07

Time for our monthly WD-FM Museum Musings where you can catch up with Chris and Bri on upcoming events, programs, and more on our upcoming virtual community art exhibition, Conserving the Magic of Our Planet. Hear a special interview with Director of Education, Travis Lacina about our summer classes and engaging workshops.

Talks Virtual
Mon, Apr 5 | 6pm PT

Join Mulan (1998) Co-Director Tony Bancroft and his twin brother Tom Bancroft, character designer of Mushu, for a virtual program behind the making of the film, including production, casting, music, research, and story development.

Posted on Fri, 03/26/2021 - 12:48

Fall in with WD-FM as we explore the creation and history in our newest special exhibition, The Walt Disney Studios and World War II. Hear excerpts of interviews from Exhibition Curator Kent Ramsey, Director of Exhibitions Marina Villar Delgado, and Exhibitions Assistant Kaitlin Buickel on how they helped bring this exhibition to the public.


San Francisco, March 11, 2021—The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its new special exhibition, The Walt Disney Studios and World War II, on Thursday, March 18 for museum members and to the general public the following day, on Friday

Classes Virtual
Every Wed, Mar 31–May 19 | 4–6pm

Successful animators have a comprehensive understanding of basic animation techniques and principles. In this eight-week course, students work with paper cut-out animation and experiment with a new concept each week. Budding animators will develop a strong foundation, continue to build their

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Talks Virtual
Sat, Mar 20 | 11am PT

We invite you and your family to celebrate Women’s History Month with a Virtual Storytime of Star Wars: I Am a Padawan with Actress and Author Ashley Eckstein. In this special presentation, learn about Eckstein’s path to bringing the story of Star Wars’ Ahsoka Tano to readers around the globe.

Classes Virtual
Mon–Fri | Jul 5–16 | 9am–3pm PT

Synchronized musical scores have seamlessly blended with cinematic imagery for nearly a century. Whether music has served as inspiration for abstract and experimental sequences or has followed and amplified a narrative, it has become an essential element within the art of animation. Join us in this

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

In World Showcase, guests eat delectable dishes from around the world. Join us as we explore various cultural dishes and traditions as we learn how to animate a character munching on their meal. Using principles such as anticipation, arcs, and exaggeration, create believable jaw movements that shows