San Francisco's Disney Family Museum

Set in the Presido is a little piece of magic. Disney magic. The Walt Disney Family Museum explores the life of Walt Disney himself, from his early childhood growing up on a farm in Missouri to his creation of Mickey Mouse and a lifetime of bringing wonder and magic into the lives of people around the world.

The ten distinct museum galleries focus on various aspects of Walt Disney's life, his experiments with sound imagery and personality animation led to a creative revolution in art and technology and how his imagination sparked everything from animated films to theme parks. 

On May 18th and running through January 9, 2017, the Museum is hosting the Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio exhibit. "This never-before-seen exhibition created by the museum allows visitors to discover the artistic process and step behind-the-scenes to explore how one of the most influential animated films in history was produced: Walt Disney’s 1940 feature-length masterpiece Pinocchio."

In addition to it's galleries and special exhibits, the Disney Family Museum offers various studio courses and workshops that allow students of all ages to delve into the world of Disney by offering instruction on the fundamentals of art, design and animation or experiment with new techniques and materials to ignite individual creativity.

Located at 104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, the museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm (except some holidays). Tickets are available online: $20 for adults, $12 for ages 6 to 17, $15 for seniors. Children 5 and under are free with paid adult admission. 

The next time you're looking for a bit of Disney magic but can't make the trip to Disneyland, San Francisco's Disney Family Museum is filled with color, creativity and just a bit of pixie dust.