Walt Disney Family Museum

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Walt Disney Family Museum
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The Walt Disney Family Museum

Opened in 2009 by a foundation headed by Walt Disney's oldest daughter, Diane, the museum offers a fascinating look at the man behind the mouse. It's housed in a repurposed army barracks and gymnasium in the Presidio, a former military post that's now part of the national park service. Inside, galleries are set up chronologically, beginning with Walt's early cartoons for his high school yearbook and ending with his death in 1966. Highlights include an interactive gallery documenting Disney's innovations in sound synchronization; an original multiplane camera that shows how Walt and company first developed dimensional animation; the audio-enhanced nail-biting tale of how the Disney brothers financed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; and a 13-foot model of Disneyland as Walt originally envisioned it. Rotating exhibits give you an up-close look at some of the artists who have brought Disney's most beloved characters to life. The Fantasia-themed theater screens classics six days a week.


Venue name: Walt Disney Family Museum
Address: Presidio Main Post, 104 Montgomery St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Sheridan Ave and Lincoln Blvd
Opening hours: Mon, Wed–Sun 10am–6pm
Transport: Bus 43
Price: $20, seniors and students $15, children 6–17 $12, children under 6 free with adult admission.
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