Last year, as part of a press trip, I was lucky enough to check out The Walt Disney Family Museum. It was so powerful for me as a Disney lover and I can’t even think about certain things I saw without tearing up. I can’t describe the feeling it felt. So if you are ever in San Francisco, I highly recommend swinging in and spending some time there. This Spring and Summer The Walt Disney Museum is adding some youth summer classes and a brand new exhibition that will make your trip even more worthwhile.
Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle
A brand new exhibition, Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle, is opening on May 18, 2017 running through January 8, 2018. Eyvind Earle was an American artist renowned for his extensive contributions to iconic Disney animated films in the 1950s including Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan among many others. This exhibition will be the first-ever comprehensive museum retrospective of Eyvind Earle featuring countless never-before-seen original artworks.
Immerse yourself in the lush landscapes and enchanting illustrations of Eyvind Earle, in the artists’ first-ever comprehensive museum retrospective. Featuring more than 250 works, this exhibition spans Earle’s prolific career, ranging from intricate thumbnail concept paintings for Lady and the Tramp to evocative large-scale background concept artworks for Sleeping Beauty. Beyond his work at The Walt Disney Studios, Earle’s distinctive style and interpretation of iconic American landscapes as a fine artist and printmaker have inspired generations of artists and designers. This extensive exhibition will feature original artworks from the full spectrum of his dynamic career alongside unique scratchboards, rare examples of his sculpture, companion poetry, and commercial illustrations.
Youth Summer Classes
Tickets for youth summer classes went on sale to the public beginning February 15 at 10 AM. From summer classes ranging from Intro to Animation (Grades 3-5) to 3D Animation (High School), there is learning to be had for all age groups! Get your kids involved and motivated with programs that provide creative spaces for original art making and glimpses into the inner workings of the animation field, in addition to experiences meant to inspire and celebrate innovation. Find out more information here.
About The Walt Disney Family Museum
The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to the level of fine art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global yet distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology along with a vast collection of historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney’s achievements to life, myriad interactive galleries presenting early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.
Hours: 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Tickets: Museum and special exhibition admission is free for members and children under 5
General admission + special exhibition: $30 adults, $25 seniors and students, $22 youth ages 6 to 17
General admission: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $12 youth ages 6 to 17
Stand-alone special exhibition ticket: $10 all levels
Audio guide: free for members as download, $7 audio guide rental for members and non-members
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