Bay Area — No. California
San Francisco Museums
The Walt Disney
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
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
the Presidio of
Francisco, which is part of the Golden Gate National
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
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
Showcasing the Life & Work
of Walt Disney
Early drawings of Mickey Mouse and Disney's most
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:
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
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
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.
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 and on the following holidays:
- January 1
- July 4
- Thanksgiving Day
- December 25
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!
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
Members of the Walt Disney Family Museum
enjoy a free subscription to the quarterly Members Newsletter,
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!
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.
Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street
The Presidio of San Francisco
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