“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” That little mouse would forever change the fate of Walt Disney, co-creator of one of the World’s most iconic character, Mickey Mouse. The creation of Mickey Mouse would later propel Walt Disney and Co. to new heights, to some of which would include: groundbreaking animated motion pictures, countless productions, and the birth of the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland. And we mustn’t forget about the Disney world created from Mickey Mouse: the movie studios, television shows, musical talent, and Disney themeparks throughout the world. Yes, let’s not forget that it all began with that little mouse.
But what about the creator Walt Disney? Not much attention is given to Walt Disney (nor co-creator Ub Iwerks) because all the light is usually shining on his creations, but one must wonder what was his inspiration for Mickey Mouse was, right? And, having created something so spectacular, Walt Disney must’ve had a fascinating upbringing, right? I’ve always wondered about the man behind the mouse. Luckily for us, we’ve got The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, located in the Presidio.
The museum illuminates Walt’s fascinating life: his tremendous successes as well as his disappointments, and his unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation. Walt was a risk-taker who influenced popular culture through pioneering animated and live-action films, television programs, theme parks, and other new technologies. His story is told through innovative, interactive galleries. Visitors get to know Walt through early drawings and animation, movies, music, and listening stations featuring his own voice, among others. A 13-foot model of Disneyland as Walt originally envisioned it is a perennial favorite with museumgoers.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is located at 104 Montgomery Street, in The Presidio of San Francisco, CA. Phone: 415.345.6800. Hours are Wed-Mon 10am-6pm. Last entry 4:45pm. Closed on every Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
About The Walt Disney Family Museum
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Explore the remarkable life story of Walt Disney—the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy that transformed the entertainment world. Located in the scenic San Francisco Presidio, the museum features interactive galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits narrated in Walt’s own voice. Get to know the man behind the magic through early drawings, cartoons, movies, music, listening stations, more than 200 video screens, and a spectacular model of Disneyland.
Located in a historic brick building on the main post of San Francisco’s Presidio, the 40,000-square-foot museum melds history with state-of-the-art technology, including more than 200 video screens sprinkled throughout our galleries. Visitors can also enjoy our Museum Store, Learning Center, and Fantasia-themed theater, which shows Disney classics six days a week.
Co-founded by Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and his grandson, Walter E. D. Miller, the museum is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation.