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The Walt Disney Family Museum

 

A "Must-See" for Disney Fans
Opened in October 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum is absolutely magical — it's a "must-see" for Disney fans. Allow plenty of time to visit because there's so much to see. The state-of-the-art facility tells the story of the life and work of Walt Disney — it's a big hit, especially with adults reliving childhood memories of their favorite Disney characters and classic movies.

The museum is located in three historic buildings (former army barracks) within the Presidio of San Francisco, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area of the National Park Service. Wait until you see the magnificent view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay from the museum's floor-to-ceiling windows (Gallery 8) — absolutely breathtaking!

Why the Presidio in San Francisco vs any other city in the world? Apparently Walt Disney was a huge fan of the military and General Pershing (who commanded the Presidio) in particular. And, the museum building recalls "Main Street U.S.A. in Disney World."



Showcasing the Life & Work
of Walt Disney

Early drawings of Mickey Mouse and Disney's most popular characters, personal letters, Disney family home movies, artifacts and groundbreaking technologies are showcased at museum. Find out why Mickey Mouse was so special to Walt :)

See interactive exhibits featuring Walt Disney's vision for Disneyland and EPCOT. Throughout the exhibits, visitors will find rare film clips (snippets of cartoons, movies and videos), original artwork, scripts, musical scores, and cameras that Disney and his staff used in creating his characters and films. Audio Guides are available in Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin — ask for them at the Information Desk.

Inside the Museum:
An American Story

The self-guided tour winds through a series of 10 permanent galleries (arranged in chronological order), featuring the stories of Disney's life, creativity, family and the processes and innovations he brought to his art.

The spacious entry hall features 248 awards in glass cabinets — our favorite is the special "Snow White" Academy Award, which includes a full-size Oscar and seven miniature "Oscars" presented to Walt by Shirley Temple.

The first set of galleries are devoted to Disney's early life and work — an elevator takes visitors to six additional galleries. There's something for everyone to see — bench seating is available in several of the galleries in case you need to take a break.

Highlights of the museum include:

  • Drawings Disney
    made in his youth
  • Early drawings
    of Mickey Mouse
  • Drawings and cartoons from Laugh-O-gram Films, Disney's first company
  • Storyboards, a Disney innovation that mapped out timeless film classics
  • The technically innovative Multiplane Camera that brought vibrancy and depth to his revolutionary feature film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
  • The unique "Snow White" Academy Award, which includes a full-size Oscar and seven miniature castings
  • The narrow gauge Lilly Belle Train he bought for his Hollywood home, which recalled his youth and helped spur his vision for Disneyland
  • A large viewing area (at the bottom of a winding ramp) overlooks a miniature 12-ft-wide model of the Disneyland of Walt's imagination — fun for kids and big kids too!


Special Screenings, Lectures, Concerts and more...
The Walt Disney Family Museum also features a 123-seat Fantasia-themed Theater and a Learning Center. Enjoy a variety of Special Screenings, Lectures, Classes, Concerts and Performances throughout the year.

Visit the museum's online calendar page for more info on their Film of the Month and special events.

NOTE: No photography, videography or audio recordings are allowed in the Museum. Cell phones should be turned off. Strollers are not permitted in the galleries. Pets are not allowed in the Museum. Complimentary coat and bag check is available in the lower level of the Museum.


Museum Cafe
Enjoy brunch or lunch at the Museum Cafe before or after your visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum. Open 11am-3pm.

The Museum Store Store
Shop for fun Disney gifts and souvenirs at the Museum Store — bet you won't go home empty-handed! Open during Museum hours: Wed-Mon 10am-6pm;
Closed Tuesdays.


Hours
Wed-Mon 10am-6pm.
Closed Tuesdays and on the following holidays:

  • January 1
  • July 4
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25

Admission
Admission to the Museum is by Timed-Entry Ticket only.

Note: Timed-Entry Tickets are available online up to 60 days in advance. Timed-Entry Tickets may not be available at the door. Allow at least 2-3 hours to see the museum. Disney fans (like us) should allow double that time — there's so much to see!

Museum Membership
With 200+ video monitors, interactive exhibits, concept art, special screenings, lectures, classes, concerts and performances throughout the year, there's way too much to see in just one visit — consider becoming a member so that you can go back and visit the museum throughout the year.

Members of the Walt Disney Family Museum enjoy a free subscription to the quarterly Members Newsletter, a membership card that grants free admission with timed-entry tickets, discounts on special programs... and so much more!

We can't wait to go back again!


Parking
The Main Post parking lot is located directly in front of the Museum. There's ample free parking so no need to worry about meters.

More Info
Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street
The Presidio of San Francisco

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Walt Disney Family Museum


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The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio, San Francisco - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

Mickey Mouse Storyboard on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio  in San Francisco - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

Early drawings of Mickey Mouse on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calfiornia - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

Historic black-and-white photos of Walt Disney and his wife, Lilly, on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Franciso's Presidio - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

Historic black-and-white photos of Walt Disney and his family on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Franciso's Presidio. This picture shows the narrow gauge Lilly Belle Train he bought for his Hollywood home, which recalled his youth and helped spur his vision for Disneyland - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

Fun Event Locations - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio in San Francisco, California - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

Fantasia-themed Theater at Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco

Enrance to the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

Red brick building and window that houses the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Presidio in San Francisco, California - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF

The Walt Disney Family Museum (formerly army barracks) at the Presidio in San Francisco, California - Photos property of the de Young Museum, SF


Fun Event Location
Make your next event a unique and memorable one — host it at The Walt Disney Family Museum.


Disney's Animated Classics
Walt Disney's classics include some of our favorite all-time animated movies, including:

  • Bambi
  • Dumbo
  • Fantasia
  • Pinocchio
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Cinderella
  • Peter Pan
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Aladdin
  • The Lion King

 

 

 

 

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