Walt Disney Family Museum to Host ‘Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World’ Exhibit

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will be hosting an exclusive original exhibition chronicling Mickey Mouse and his influence on art and entertainment.

“Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World” will be presented in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall beginning May 16, 2019.

The collection has been guest curated by animator Andreas Deja and includes more that 400 objects. Pieces include rare and never-before-seen sketches, character model sheets, concept art, nostalgic merchandise, and vintage photographs, plus some of Mickey’s animated short films.


Work from legendary animators and artists Ub Iwerks, Les Clark are part of the collection, along with contemporary animators Deja, Eric Goldberg, and Mark Henn.


Deja said of the collection:

I have been collecting and studying classic Disney animation drawings for a long time. Among them are very rare sketches of Mickey Mouse by master animators like Fred Moore, Frank Thomas, and others. Each artist applied their personal style to Mickey, not only in the way he is drawn, but also in he way he moves and acts. By analyzing these beautiful drawings, I am constantly reminded of how wonderful and magical character animation can be.


The collection also includes pop art from iconic artists like Gottfried Helnwein, Damien Hirst, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Worhol. Contemporary artists Lorelay Bove, Tennessee Loveless, Eric Robinson, and muralist Sirron Norris are represented as well.


Younger guests will enjoy the exhibit’s interactive elements and hands-on activities.


To celebrate the opening, two special programs will be held. One highlights the creation of the exhibit, with the other discussing Mickey’s appeal.

  • “Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World” Preview with Guest Curator Andres Deja
    Wednesday, May 15 – 1pm and 4pm
  • Voicing an Icon: Mickey Talks with Bret Iwan
    Saturday, May 18 11am and 3pm


The Walt Disney Family Museum is open 10am to 6pm every day (except Tuesdays and select holidays) in The Presidio of San Francisco.

Tickets for the special exhibition are $15 for ages 6 and up. Combination tickets that include general admission to the museum and the special exhibition are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors/students, and $25 for ages 6 to 17.

“Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World” will be presented through January 6, 2020.

Source: Walt Disney Family Museum

Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.



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