Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum is dedicated to the story of Walt Disney, from the beginning of his life, through his stuggles and then successful career, to the very end. The museum is well done and packed with so much information. It opened in 2009 and is located in the beautiful and historic Presidio of San Francisco. 
They always have a special exhibit in addition to the normal museum. Dearest and I visited at the end of March when the special exhibit was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic. 

The outside of the museum in the historic Presidio. 

We went to the Snow White exhibit first.

 Large hanging pictures of different images from the film.

 The Oscar that Walt received- including 7 miniature statuettes.

Just like their theme parks, every part includes detail.

Dopey was the most popular dwarf. Fitting considering the Dopey Challenge was just announced when I visited.

The lobby of the museum includes pieces from what is now the Dream Suite in Disneyland.

Just some of the awards Walt received.

This is when we stepped into the regular museum...

The inside of the elevator was designed to simulate Walt's train ride to Hollywood complete with fake windows and audio.

A wall dedicated to Steamboat Willie short films.

Disney Memorabilia

This was too cute not to take a picture.

Since starting work at Bank of America, I knew the company played a big role in the financials of the Disney Studios. It was nice to see a little mention of it. 

This room reminded me a lot of the Animation building in California Adventure.

Views from the glass walls in the back of the museum.

A 14-foot model of Disneyland. This was by far the highlight of the trip.

The classic shot of Main Street at Disneyland. 

At the end of the museum, there were many of the cartoons and public responses to Walt's passing. It was definitely pretty emotional and a few people were crying. 

If you find you're in San Francisco or nearby, I would definitely recommend visiting the museum. Beautifully curated with every detail, it's well worth it. 


  1. Wow! I am a huge Disneyfreak and didn't even know this place existed! It looks really interesting, thanks for sharing!

  2. It's such a great view into Walt's life. Normally it's all about Disneyland/Disney World, but this was a nice way to learn about the man behind it all. Hopefully you'll be able to visit one day!

  3. That looks incredible! I've always wanted to visit San Francisco so now I have another excuse to :)