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The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco

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The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the life, work, and legacy of Walt Disney, from his early childhood until today. In a 4,000 sq m (43,000 sq ft) space, using old and new technology, the family's collection showcases drawings, animations, movies, and music. In the lobby are 248 awards Disney earned, among which are the Presidential Medal of Freedom--the highest civilian award of the United States--and the Oscar for the movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." See the 3.7 m (12 ft) in diameter model of Disneyland, and watch Disney classics in the "Fantasia"-inspired digital theater. Make sure you have some energy left for the Disneyland exhibit at the end. Using our international travel planner, San Francisco attractions like The Walt Disney Family Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It's a shame that you cannot take photos at the Walt Disney Family Museum, but it is worth a visit in the Presidio for children and adults alike. It has a great gift shop where you can buy Disney-rela...  more »
  • I absolutely loved this museum. You got the Disneyland side, of course, but what made it more interesting was the human aspect of the Disney Family. Seeing pictures of the family, letters, and persona...  more »
  • I have long wanted to visit and finally had my chance last week. The history of the Disney Family as well as insight on Disneyland is not to be missed for the Disney fan.  more »
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  • Beautiful setting to learn more about the life and work of Walt Disney. Firstly the area and building and beautiful to look at. You do need to pay for parking but spaces were available. We were not sure how interesting we would find the museum but once we were inside we enjoyed the high quality and interactive exhibits. A definite San Francisco must-do!
  • What a wonderful place to visit. Much like the Tardis, it is much larger on the inside than it looks on the outside. This museum teaches the audience about Disney, his family, and his career while he was alive. Information is given in every form! There are posters to read, videos to watch, things to interact with, and much more! Totally worth the visit.
  • So glad we went. My 9 year old considers Walt Disney her hero & role model and has been asking to go to the museum for several months. The museum exceeded out expectations! Much bigger than we expected. So many displays and so much information. The employees were very nice! Visiting the gift shop and cafe were a sweet way to end the trip. We also went on a Sunday afternoon during the Presidio Picnic which is on the front, shared lawn of the musuem (and happens every Sunday).
  • The location at the Presidio is great. Even if you think you know everything Disney you will learn something new. Also see the special exhibit whatever it is. The cafe has a small seating area inside but there are also seats on the porch. The food is very good with ample portions.
  • Pretty informative. It includes how they filmed the animations back in the days. The miniature of the old Disneyland was incredible. I was there just in time for the 4:30 talk. Didn't have time to see the special exhibition and movie. Would have to come again!