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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sneak Peek: The Presidio's New Walt Disney Family Museum

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The Walt Disney Family Museum is gearing up to open its doors in early October after several years of meticulous planning and lobbying by several of Disney's children and grandchildren.

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The museum will tell the story of Walt Disney, who raised animation to an art and transformed the film industry, leaving one of the world's largest entertainment companies as a legacy.

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The museum's collection of three historic San Francisco Presidio buildings are renovated former military barracks, a gymnasium and a supply shed. The buildings house 10 linked galleries, a 114-seat screening room, learning center, museum store and cafe.

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An exact scale model of Disney's Epcot and Pirates Bay.
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Samples of original pigments used to color animation keyframes.
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An original two-story camera that allowed Walt Disney unprecedented control of depth of field in his animations.

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Executive Director Richard Benefield heads the new Walt Disney Family Museum.
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Some of the Academy Awards Walt Disney won over his career (including his specially-made one for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs).
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David Rockwell heads the museum's interior and exhibition design.
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Models and sketches for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.
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Staff at the new Walt Disney Family Museum.
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Another look at the interior.

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Sketches of the landmark animation "Steamboat Willie."
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Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, and Walter E.D. Miller, grandson of Walt Disney and president of the Walt Disney Family Foundation at the structure's preview.
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The world's most famous mouse.
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Posters for Disney movies at the new Walt Disney Family Museum.
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Architect Jay Turnbull from Page & Turnbull coordinated renovating the former military barrack, gymnasium and supply shed in San Francisco's historic Presidio into the three building Walt Disney Family Museum.
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A close-up of one of many texts on display.
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