New Exhibit Coming to Philadelphia for Disney’s 100th Anniversary in 2023


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company, D23 has announced that SC Exhibitions has begun production on a display that will showcase the company’s history and rich legacy. The exhibition is set to premiere at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in February of 2023.

Hundreds of The Walt Disney Archives’ extensive collection of historical Disney artifacts will be featured in the exhibition along with an immersive environment that will showcase stories and characters from The Walt Disney Company’s last century.

“As we approach the 100th Anniversary of The Walt Disney Company, we at the Walt Disney Archives are incredibly excited about traveling a new and unique exhibit marking a century of unparalleled innovation and storytelling with the world,” said Rebecca Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives. “This groundbreaking exhibition will celebrate the wonder of Disney, from 1923 to the present and into the future.”

Historian and Co-Curator Paula Sigman Lowery, an internationally recognized expert on Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company, shared this insight on the future exhibit: “It’s thrilling to bring Disney’s crown jewels—art, memorabilia, costumes, props, and one-of-a kind treasures—to public view—and to explore the story of one of the world’s most creative entertainment companies. Many of these objects have never before been seen outside the company’s archival, animation, and Imagineering vaults.”

President and CEO of The Franklin Institute Larry Dubinski added that

The Franklin Institute is thrilled to debut this world premiere exhibition in Philadelphia during the remarkable 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. We look forward to celebrating the legacy of a creative empire synonymous with imaginative storytelling, innovation, discovery, and wonder that spans generations and delivers widespread, undeniable global appeal.