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May 16, 2019–Feb 17, 2020
Celebrate animation’s most beloved and recognizable character with this original exhibition. Explore Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal.
Special Events
Sat, Oct 5 | 10am–4pm

Join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum to celebrate The Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival! Our annual, museum-wide family event will take place this year on October 5, celebrating Walt Disney’s varied contributions to visual arts. In connection with this year’s “Drawn to Life” theme,

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Sat, Oct 5 | 3pm

In conjunction with this year’s Big Draw theme Drawn to Life, which explores the benefits of being creative to make a positive change in both your own life and the world around you, we present this special screening of Disneynature’s Chimpanzee (2012). Follow the breathtaking story of a young

Sat, Oct 5 | 1pm

In conjunction with this year’s Big Draw theme Drawn to Life, which explores the benefits of being creative to make a positive change in health and well-being, we present this special screening of Inside Out, which deals with the power of emotions. Join emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and

September | Sat & Sun: 1pm & 4 pm
No 1pm screening Saturday, September 28

This month, we are screening two Academy Award ®-winners from Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures series. First, explore the world of Alaskan wildlife in Seal Island (1949), directed by Disney Legend James Algar. Then, be sure to stick around for Ben Sharpsteen’s Water Birds (1952) and experience the

Sat, Nov 16 | 1pm

It was truly a jolly holiday when Mary Poppins flew, via umbrella, back onto the big screen in the whimsical sequel Mary Poppins Returns (2018), starring Emily Blunt reprising Julie Andrews’ breakthrough role. It was an even happier surprise to see traditionally-animated penguins dancing beside her,

September | Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri: 2pm

Narrated by actor and filmmaker John Krasinski, Disneynature’s Born in China offers an intimate look at China’s wildlife. Follow three distinct stories: a giant panda mother raising her newborn, a golden snub-nosed monkey adjusting to the new arrival of his baby sister, and a snow leopard on a

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its 2019 community access exhibition, A Powerful Force: Working to End Homelessness Through Art. Featuring original artwork created by young people experiencing homelessness, the exhibition’s title was inspired by Walt Disney himself: “There is

Sun, Sep 15 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Walt’s passion for the natural world came to the forefront in the 1940s and 50s when he financed the production of the True-Life Adventures (1948–1960), a documentary series focusing on animals and their natural habitats. He wanted these films to entertain, educate, and encourage audiences to care

Sat, Oct 26 | 10am–2pm

On Saturday, October 26, we invite educators to take a tour of our special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, with group discussions centered around one-of-a-kind Mickey artworks and artifacts. See how the iconic character influenced artists and shaped American popular culture from

Sat, Sep 21 | 10:30am–1:30pm

In this workshop, learn about the natural world and its inhabitants as you practice drawing zoo animals from live reference. Study the proportion, movement, texture, and gesture-drawing techniques used to gain a sense of an animal’s anatomy while breathing life into your sketches.

Enjoy screenings of classic Disney films in our Fantasia-themed theater. Film tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased in-person at the Ticket Desk on the day of your visit. Please check our calendar on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date schedule, exceptions, and pricing. See a schedule of our upcoming films in list form here

Mon, August 5

Due to an unforeseen power outage in the Presidio, The Walt Disney Family Museum is currently closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Field Trips
Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm

Thanks to our partnership with The Society of California Pioneers, located just steps away from the museum, students begin this program at The Society’s research library engaging with primary source materials, creating a narrative, and collecting images. The second half of their hands-on experience