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The Walt Disney Family Museum
February 1, 2019

Celebrate 10 Years of the Walt Disney Family Museum with Mickey Mouse

Held in conjunction with The Walt Disney Family Museum's 10th anniversary in 2019, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World is on view from May 16, 2019 - Feb. 17, 2020. This original and exclusive exhibit is a celebration of animation's most beloved and recognizable character, and a must-see for fans of animation, Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, and entertainment history.

Exhibit Information

Chronicling Mickey's impact and influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and in context with Walt Disney's own inspiring and parallel story, Mickey Mouse tells the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal. 

Legendary animator Andreas Deja guest-curated Mickey Mouse with more than 400 objects, including rare and never-before-seen original sketches, character model sheets, and concept artwork. Also presented are nostalgic merchandise, vintage photographs, and a variety of Mickey's earliest and most recent animated short films. In-0gallery interactive elements and hands-on activities will enhance the experience, especially for younger visitors and the young-at-heart.

Animators and artists, past and present, responsible for Mickey's success, including Ub Iwerks, Les Clark, Fred Moore, Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn, and Andreas Deja are highlighted in the exhibit. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view artistic interpretations of the world's most famous mouse, particularly from pop artists of the late 1950s and 60s. Included iconic works by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, San Francisco-based muralist Sirron Norris, and others, demonstrate the resonance that Mickey Mouse has with new audiences and generations.

Mickey Mouse is built as a true testament to Mickey's transcendent influence, from cartoons and comic books to real-life appearances at Disney Parks worldwide. Walt Disney once said, "Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter," but the mouse, like Walt, transformed the medium of animation and became synonymous with quality entertainment and innovation. Even after decades of success, Walt wanted the world to remember that his entertainment empire was "all started by a mouse."

For more information on the exhibit, visit The Walt Disney Family Museum online.

Additional Experiences

During the exhibit's opening week, visitors can enjoy special programming highlighting the extensive process of curating this comprehensive exhibit, and Mickey's incredible appeal to all walks of life:

  • Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World Preview with Guest Curator Andreas Deja (Wed, May 15 at 1 - 2 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m.); learn more here
  • Voicing an Icon: Mickey Talks with Bret Iwan (Sat, May 18 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 3 - 4:30 p.m.); learn more here

Keep an eye on the museum's calendar here for more special programming to come throughout the exhibit's run.

Ticket Information

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in the historic Presidio, with a breathtaking backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge. The museum presents the fascinating story of Walt Disney, from his early years to his work in transforming the film industry while creating an American legacy, through a vast collection of historic materials, artifacts, interactive displays and more.

Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World is on view in the museum's Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall from May 16, 2019 to Feb. 17, 2020. Tickets for this special exhibition can be purchased on-site or online at waltdisney.org.

Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book in advance to receive discounted admission. For more information, and to inquire about guided tours, please visit the museum's Group Sales.

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