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The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum

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Presidio National Park, San Francisco
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  • Marialexandra
    "A must for any and all Walt Disney fans!"(10 Tips)
    Josh R.
    "The model of Disneyland is amazing..."(6 Tips)
    Colin C.
    "special exhibitions are always changing.And the cafe"(3 Tips)
    Ernesto F.
    "The tour is focus on history, so there's a lot of reading here."(4 Tips)
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  • Jake
    JakeFebruary 1, 2016
    What an awesome experience. Self guided walk through, but if you stop and read some of the larger pieces of text on the walls, even the most casual fan will have a great understanding.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WilliamsOctober 26, 2015
    An awesome lovely place for the Disney fans,I am crazy about the Disney's,nice place for family visit as well,that's a huge place.If you want to see the entire Disney you need a whole day.recommended
  • Robert W.
    Robert WilliamsJuly 30, 2016
    If you are a fan of Walt Disney then this place is best for you. You can see many things from the history of Disney world. Here you will get lots of interesting information. I just love this place!!!
  • Robert W.
    Robert WilliamsNovember 5, 2015
    It is a great place to see, hear & meet Disney legends for a very affordable price.Very well developed and well put together exhibit.you need a whole day to visit all the galleries of museum.very nice
  • N G.
    N GAugust 22, 2013
    Absolutely fantastic, but be aware that this museum is about WALT DISNEY as a person & about the world he created. Not the best place for kids, but a must for anyone who wants to learn about Disney.
  • David D.
    David D'SouzaApril 12, 2014
    Wonderful museum to read all about Walt Disney. If there was anyone who embraced the latest technology (of the era), it was Walt. Fascinating to read how he was ahead of the curve.
  • Kerry K.
    Kerry KenneySeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Allow yourself an extra hour than you planned - everything is so interesting and you won't be able to stop reading. Special Also, Exhibit is in a separate building that nobody will tell you about.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteOctober 20, 2015
    Leave the small children at home, this ain't *that* kind of Disney spot! Focusing entirely on the history of Walt Disney (the person), with lots of reading, I'd recommend for teenagers/adults only.
  • Colin C.
    Colin CoplandOctober 19, 2016
    Wonderful galleries and exhibits on the man behind the myth; special exhibitions are always changing.And the cafe here serves one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever tasted.
  • Serena M.
    Serena MaAugust 12, 2013
    Great place to visit - has a great layout filled with lots of interesting things. Not a museum about Mickey Mouse but the life of Walt Disney) the person, so not the best place to bring kids.
  • Heather W.
    Heather WerthMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check their website to get a list of upcoming events. It is a great place to see, hear & meet Disney legends for a very affordable price. Bring your autograph books as they often stick around after.
  • Marialexandra
    MarialexandraApril 27, 2015
    A must for any and all Walt Disney fans! So much to see & read. Truly enjoyed it and will be back.
  • John C.
    John CassilloJanuary 14, 2012
    Cool place to stop in if you're a fan of Disney in general -- more about Walt and the history of the studio than what a lot of us grew up on in the 80s & 90s.
  • Thana K.
    Thana KhambanondaApril 16, 2013
    Expect to spend the whole day here if you're a fan of Walt Disney and a history buff. You won't believe how much stuff they have in an unassuming building!
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzJuly 12, 2015
    Fantastic place! We spent 4 hours here and haven't even cover everything. We'll be back, it's amazing!!!
  • Kim Cruz B.
    Kim Cruz BaluyutFebruary 4, 2012
    Don't be fooled by the first floor. Once you go up the elevator, the museum never ends! Reserve the WHOLE day if you want to read and see everything!
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChampionOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Really nice place with extremely nice employees. Tons of information are held within the galleries so take your time as you go through. Don't rush or you might miss something.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJuly 1, 2014
    Spend tonight with Dinosaurs, technology & Walt Disney at the Walt Disney Family Museum for a special screening celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Wed, 7/2, 4pm, $7. Read more
  • megan
    meganSeptember 2, 2015
    Awesome museum about Disney's life, but be aware, it's definitely more geared towards adults than kids...
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Chronicles the life and works of the animation kingpin with permanent and rotating exhibits that show Walt's history through drawings, movies, music, plus a popular 13-foot model of Disneyland. Read more
  • James P.
    James PittmanJuly 20, 2016
    If you are a Disney fan this is definitely a place you need to go too. You won't be disappointed!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PalmerApril 27
    Give yourself at least 5 hours to experience everything here. Really amazing info about an amazing man.
  • Arts and Culture
    Arts and CultureJuly 31, 2014
    See the original sketches & photographs of female characters from Peter Pan, Sleeping beauty & more at the Walt Disney Museum ft, Leading Ladies & Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis. Fri, 8/1, $20. Read more
  • Mariana B.
    Mariana BernasconiSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place blew me away! I was prepared to skim through but everything was interesting! I ended up staying 5 hrs. The attention to detail Disney puts in its parks is just as prevalent here.
  • Noelle J.
    Noelle Jung2 weeks ago
    The Eyvind Earle special exhibition (open until Jan 2018) is magical! Also check out the Deja gallery below the main building
  • Erik Peter C.
    Erik Peter CarlsonSeptember 14, 2014
    Fantastically informative. A lot of information. Make sure to have time in your hands if you plan to read each exhibit.
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 8, 2012
    Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the landmark film’s release, “Snow White” is the museums largest undertaking to date, encompassing over 200 drawings, posters, and other artwork. Read more
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia SilvaJanuary 13, 2014
    They allow photography (without flash) in their exhibit! It's such a wonderful experience. They only include the classics; Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi, lady and the tramp
  • Desiree A.
    Desiree AldeguerJune 22, 2013
    Plan for at least 4 hours here. It's that interesting + full of info. Kids will love it but if you really want to understand the life of Walt Disney then get a sitter.
  • James S.
    James SantelliAugust 30, 2013
    Leave a few minutes to linger in the gift shop. There are items you won't usually find at Disneyland or Disney World.
  • Margaret T.
    Margaret ToDecember 24, 2013
    Absolutely ah may zing. We were there for 2 hrs but wish we cudve stayed longer! A must-see for Disney fans
  • Emil C.
    Emil CAugust 6, 2014
    Random location for a fabulous museum about one of the greatest entertainer of all time.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GallantAugust 30, 2014
    I really enjoyed getting to know more about Walt Disney. I especially enjoyed the room on Disneyland.
  • Le Colonial S.
    Le Colonial SFAugust 25, 2011
    Attended a WISE event & discussion panel here last night in one of the auditoriums, felt like we were in a field staring up at the stars. Love the vintage movie posters!
  • Bret M.
    Bret McManusJune 7, 2012
    Don't bring kids unless they really really want to know about all things Disney .... Pretty awesome though... Best Museum ever
  • Daphne Y.
    Daphne YuAugust 25, 2011
    Very pretty and well put together exhibit. Even the young kids liked it more than I expected since there were many multimedia interactive activities to do.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CowellJanuary 30, 2015
    Great exhibit. Give yourself the whole day to tour the museum and explore the surrounding Presidio.
  • Christine J.
    Christine JaoryJuly 22, 2013
    Download Google's Fieldtrip app and redeem the offer for free admission! Grab food/have a picnic at Off The Grid food/farmers market in front of the museum
  • John N.
    John NoeApril 18, 2014
    I had an amazing time here! So much to see and learn here, and incredible tribute to an incredible man.
  • Liz
    LizOctober 7, 2013
    Exceeded my expectations! Spent 3 hours here and read <1/2 the content. Wonderful museum for fans of the genius of Disney.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren K.June 21, 2013
    Cool history but pricey admission. If you go around lunch, bring your own food or be prepared to spend $$ at the cafe.
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth RussellMarch 16, 2011
    Great and very interesting. Not a good place to take the kids. Only one game in the entire museum. Very lovely and clean!
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 13, 2010
    Opened on October 1, 2009, the museum features the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The museum retrofitted and expanded three existing historic buildings on the Presidio’s Main Post.
  • Greg W.
    Greg WohlenbergOctober 13, 2010
    Wonderful museum in the Presidio to see the untold story behind the Disney family. Parents may enjoy more than kids (but still kid friendly)
  • Drew M.
    Drew MatthewsMarch 16, 2016
    Lots to see. Take your time. Walt achieved so much in his short time. Get inspired!
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanJune 16, 2012
    Make sure to show your AAA card for a $5 discount per ticket! Also check your bags/coats for free downstairs behind the staircase next to the restrooms.
  • Paul R.
    Paul RaySeptember 14, 2016
    Awesome area of San Francisco and this museum was a great find to learn about Walt Disney the man and not just the company.
  • Lulwa A.
    Lulwa AlfadalhAugust 26, 2015
    this place contains a lot of useful information about Walt Disney as a man. not a place for kids. it is definitely interesting to see the beginning of such successful business.
  • Ernesto F.
    Ernesto FajardoMarch 18, 2016
    The tour is focus on history, so there's a lot of reading here. It's really interesting though.
  • Laurie B.
    Go here. You'll burst with nostalgia and bathe in a magical world of creativity. Go to the special exhibitions.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzOctober 18, 2015
    Fantastic & inspiring exhibit. Interactive, informative, moving. Highly recommended.
  • Alice C.
    Alice ChaiSeptember 4, 2015
    It may not look like much from the outside but the museum is very nice and enjoyed it a lot.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmApril 5, 2015
    A fun little afternoon excursion - a wonderful way to learn about the Walt Disney family & journey.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMay 23, 2016
    Phenomenal collection for any Disney fan. Give yourself at least 3 hrs.
  • Wilson F.
    Superb main exhibition on the life and many accomplishments of Walt Disney. Has so much content it could last you a good few hours.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RouseJanuary 24, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Install the STQRY app on your smartphone, plug in your headphones, and get an enhanced tour: http://www.stqry.com
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CoxJuly 26, 2014
    Can't deny the final hall after Walt's death brought me to tears. Just a straight hallway with both walls lined with sad headlines and weeping characters. Truly moving.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DSSeptember 26, 2010
    If you're a Disney fan and/or into drawing and animation -- you'll find this a hidden treasure of history and inspiration.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SanbornMarch 10, 2013
    This place is awesome. But leave yourself time to explore the treasure trove of Disney memorabilia.
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian ChenMarch 13, 2015
    a lot of stuff to read, good for all ages
  • Deanna S.
    Deanna ScottDecember 31, 2015
    The Dalí exhibit runs until January 3rd. Definitely worth the trip if you can make it.
  • Dave T.
    Dave TavresAugust 13, 2010
    The furniture at the entrance of the galleries is the original furniture from Walt's apartment above the firehouse at Disneyland.
  • Don O.
    Don OtvosNovember 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great presentation of Walt's family history and genesis of the Disney organization.
  • Mari P.
    Mari PosaJune 18, 2013
    I took a whole of group of kids for a field trip n they loved it esp the free Disney film u get to see in the theather room
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    If your kids have never seen a Disney classic on the big screen, this is the place! Check the website for movies and show times.Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • Carl T.
    Carl TannerOctober 11, 2015
    Well worth the price of admission, especially the last few rooms.
  • Paul T.
    Paul TJune 1, 2011
    Give yourself at least half a day to go through it. If you're a huge Disney fan, you may even want to give yourself a whole day.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WoodwardMay 16, 2014
    Better than expected. Particularly good about presenting the animation process.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MillerJuly 29, 2013
    Check for $3 off coupon on WaltDisney.org. Also need at least 5 Hours to see all of museum.
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJuly 20, 2013
    Google Fieldtrip App's Free Entry - Walt Disney Family Museumhttp://fieldtripper.com/c/UzNboMaK8T8=/
  • Heather T.
    Heather TurnerSeptember 1, 2012
    Do NOT buy the sandwiches in the cafe. The $8.50 price is for the Disney label only 'cause the sandwiches are complete crap!!!!!
  • Dave B.
    Dave BreilandJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are a Disney fan, plan on a minimum of 3 hrs to tour the museum!
  • Kris N.
    Kris NDecember 8, 2012
    The staff get kind of stalker-ish as it gets closer to closing time.
  • 500 Miles F.
    500 Miles For SMASeptember 22, 2013
    Membership has it's privileges. Discounts on food, shopping. Special events thrown in.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RosenfeldFebruary 5
    The model of Disneyland is amazing...
  • Serena T.
    Serena TrieuDecember 6, 2010
    Awesome museum about Walt Disney. Expect lots of reading for 3-4 hours! Now the Wiki entry about Walt Disney doesn't do him justice. :)
  • Jaden G.
    Jaden GellerAugust 28, 2016
    The Disneyland model is super cool! And everything moves!
  • Edi G.
    Edi GzFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You are NOW allow to take pictures inside the museum as of 2/15/2013. No flash!
  • Hilary M.
    Hilary MartinMarch 21, 2014
    This museum has one of the best views in the city.
  • Alejandra T.
    Alejandra TornellSeptember 3, 2012
    Excellent experience! Definitely worth coming!
  • Antonio U.
    Antonio UribeMay 21, 2013
    I didn't know about this place. It's wonderful, I left the museum very inspired.
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 14, 2014
    Seems expensive up front but worth the price!
  • Kristen D.
    Kristen DuncanSeptember 30, 2015
    Being the Disney history freak I am...I was sad to leave. I could live there!
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerJanuary 13, 2016
    A must see for any Disney fan.
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 21, 2015
    Pay $20 fee to get in or just walk around the store
  • Felipe D.
    Felipe DornelasJune 2, 2013
    The museum store is splendid.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoMarch 24, 2013
    Parking is free on the weekends.
  • Alan C.
    Alan ChaiApril 22, 2014
    Museum is catered more for grown up than kids
  • 500 Miles F.
    500 Miles For SMASeptember 22, 2013
    The end is very well done and very moving.
  • Dean W.
    Dean WallMarch 27, 2014
    Free bag and coat check downstairs!
  • Jade K.
    Jade KwanSeptember 1, 2013
    Free parking on weekends!
  • Christina C.
    Christina CSeptember 2, 2016
    Allow time to do a lot of reading..
  • Sean R.
    Sean RouseJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Look for Sorcerer Mickey in the theatre
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerMay 17, 2015
    A must visit if a Disney fan.
  • Liz P.
    Liz PhilipsMay 14, 2010
    The last gallery (room) of the museum is soooo worth it
  • Josh W.
    Josh WentzNovember 8, 2014
    museum recommendation from Suzi
  • Vince G.
    Vince GosfordApril 13, 2013
    Cafe is ok, but grab food before you come.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikMay 18, 2015
    Worth every penny!
  • Hazel
    HazelJuly 22, 2011
    Use your AAA and get $5 off admission
  • Sheila K.
    Sheila K.February 5, 2011
    You get $5.00 off admission with a AAA card.
  • Sylvain D.
    Sylvain DaudierJune 6, 2014
    Muséo soignée et très bien pensée autour des items exposés. Le parcours retrace la vie de l'homme, de l'artiste et de l'entrepreneur visionnaire.
  • Luis Felipe R.
    Excelente!!! No se pueden perder la vida y trayectoria del genio Walt Disney.
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoFebruary 27, 2015
    La maqueta de Disneyland es impresionante!
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