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Walt Disney Family Museum

San Francisco, California

Client: Walt Disney Family Foundation
Lead Architect: Page & Turnbull
Exhibit Architect: Rockwell Group
Completion: 2009

In dedication to Walt Disney’s lifetime pursuit in innovation and entertainment, this 43,100 square foot museum has opened to celebrate his legacy. Located in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park, two historic army barracks were transformed into ten permanent exhibition galleries to reflect the life of Mr. Disney, offering visitors the true story behind his magical genius.

Each exhibit features an extensive collection of artifacts and artwork displayed through the integration of video, projection, interactive displays, still figures and hand drawings and paintings. Among the myriad of challenges for this project was lighting adjacent artifacts and works on paper while balancing the affects of spill light from video displays and daylight from the old barrack windows. The strategic placement and application of specialized sources enables unique and intimate visual compositions throughout the galleries.

A 115-seat theatre located below ground features large celestial screens of galaxies illuminated by pinpointed LEDs. The $110 million museum also offers a café, gift store and learning center.