Walt Disney Family Museum in Presidio in San Francisco, CA

104 Montgomery StreetSan Francisco, CA 94129
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Discover more about the man behind the magic at the Walt Disney Family Museum. The 40,000 square-feet museum immerses visitors in the story behind Walt’s animation career, the origins of Disneyland, and the transformation of the entertainment industry through interactive exhibits, 200 video screens, and more. Take advantage of the daily screenings of Disney classics at the museum, too.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • The museum is open daily, except on Tuesdays, January 1st, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25th.
  • Immerse yourself in the story and history of Walt Disney and the Walt Disney Company.
  • If you wish to sketch while at the museum, pencil is the only medium allowed in the galleries.
  • Non-flash photography is permitted.
  • Professional camera equipment, including tripods, is NOT permitted.
  • All bags and parcels are subject to inspection by security.
  • Grab a snack or drink at the Museum Cafe.


from Walt Disney Family Museum in Presidio
Find animation, innovation, inspiration and immerse yourself in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney—the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy, transforming the entertainment world! Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Walt Disney Family Museum is one of the Bay Area’s most inspirational venues, welcoming visitors to a historic building that reveals 40,000 square feet of imagination. Contemporary interactive galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits are narrated in Walt’s own voice and feature early drawings, cartoons, movies, music, listening stations, more than 200 video screens, and a spectacular model of Disneyland. While you’re there, enjoy daily screenings of Disney classics. Come experience the life story of the man behind the magic.

Museum Hours:
10:00 am – 6:00 pm with last entry at 4:45 pm.
Open daily, except on Tuesdays, January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.

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Fremont, California
"Wonderful Museum - Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco, CA"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2020
We have gone to the Walt Disney Museum several times . We like to see the disney movies they show in their auditorium. We love exploring the galleries and learning more about the magic of Walt Disney The museum is in the Presidio Area. There are also nice views from the Museum such as of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
"Incredible! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 27, 2020
Absolutely loves this museum! We stopped in San Fran before going onto Disney California so this was the perfect warm up. Was incredible, I am a die hard Disney fan from the U.K. and this place was just the dream. The model of Disney land was emotional and we were lucky enough to see the extra Mickey anniversary exhibition. Can’t put into words how much I loved this place! Staff were so friendly and got me a pin from the back that hadn’t been released yet as I was leaving the next day. Just that extra magic touch that meant the world! Would love to visit again!
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San Jose, California
"Definitely for Disney Fans"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2020
If you are a Disney enthusiast then you should definitely go and check out this museum. A lot of history is displayed when Disney initially opened. I saw pictures of how Disneyland looked like when I would go there over 20 years ago.
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
"Disney Must!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2020
If you are a Disney fan, you need to visit. We absolutely loved our time here and there is a beautiful green outside to sit and relax, have a drink or picnic. We did struggle to find transport back to our hotel, but in the end walked about and really enjoyed it, we felt safe and was so glad we went. Definite for Disney fans!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
"Excellent museum for any Disney Fan"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 30, 2020
This museum is brilliant! It is a fun, interesting look at Walt Disney's life as a person, rather than just focusing on the development of Disney. A very enjoyable afternoon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Walt Disney Family Museum in Presidio

What are the museum hours of operation?
The museum is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily except for Tuesdays, January 1st, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25th.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?
No. Food and drink are NOT permitted in the museum galleries. The only exception is bottled water. Water fountains are in the gallery with Walt’s collection of miniatures (Gallery 7B).

Does the museum have food and beverages for purchase?
Yes. The Museum Cafe is onsite and open during the following hours:

  • Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Full Food Service: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Full Food Service: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Full Food Service: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Can I take pictures or video in the museum?
Yes, however, please keep your camera flash OFF at all times. Non-flash photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial use except where noted; video recording is allowed for personal, non-commercial use except where noted. Professional camera equipment, including tripods, is NOT permitted. The material on exhibit is copyright protected; any reproduction of it will be prosecuted as permitted by all applicable laws. Additionally, we request that guests silence all cell phones and refrain from using them while in the galleries, so as not to disturb others.

Can I sketch in the museum galleries?
Yes. However, guests are only allowed to use pencil for sketching. Complimentary pencils are available at Ticket Desk. Additionally, while group sketch sessions are allowed, guests may not charge others to join sketch sessions, or collect any personal revenue from meet-ups that occur on the museum’s property.

Can I bring my service animal to the museum?
Yes, the Walt Disney Family Museum welcomes service animals. Under federal law, service animals are dogs trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of people with physical or mental disabilities. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability. Additionally, service animals must remain under their handler’s control at all times while inside the museum. Dogs or any other type of animal or pet whose sole function is to provide comfort, companionship, or emotional support—such as a support animal—do not qualify as service animals under federal law and are not permitted in the museum.

Does the museum have a security procedure prior to entering? Will my bags be checked?
Yes. For the safety and security of the museum, guests, staff, and the artifacts, all bags and parcels are subject to inspection by Security. Prohibited items include weapons, knives, box cutters, scissors, flammable liquids, permanent markers, and spray paint. Security may not allow guests to bring in other items if they deem said items hazardous.

Is there a specific dress code?
Guests must be wearing a shirt and shoes to gain entry to the museum.

Is there WiFI at the museum?
Yes. The Walt Disney Family Museum offers free public WiFi by connecting to the WDFMuseum network. While laptops are permitted in the Café, laptop use is NOT permitted in the galleries.

Is the museum appropriate for kids?

Does the museum have any other rules?
Yes. Visitors, regardless of age, are expected to adhere to the following behavior rules:
  • Considerate behavior is expected of all visitors; any individual or group whose behavior is disruptive, aggressive, or offensive to other guests or staff may be asked to leave. 
  • Shirts and footwear are required for entry.
  • No running.    
  • No touching of artwork, cases, or other artifacts. Some displays, monitors, and headsets are interactive and noted as such; if you are unsure, please ask a Guest Experience Associate first.

For the protection of the objects and the comfort and safety of all guests and staff, please refrain from the following while in the museum’s galleries or special exhibition hall:
  • Carrying backpacks, large bags, or portfolios
  • Carrying children in backpack carriers, on shoulders, or on back
  • Eating, drinking, and chewing gum
  • Carrying umbrellas
  • Smoking, including electronic cigarettes and vaping devices
  • Running, yelling, or disruptive behavior
  • Playing music or recordings out loud on hand-held devices
  • Cell phone conversations
  • Demonstrating or solicitation
  • Videotaping
  • Flash photography
  • Using selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, and photography lighting equipment
  • Using flashlights or laser pointers
  • Using pens, markers, charcoals, and pastels, or solvents

Is a coat check available?
Yes, a complimentary coat check is available on the lower level, just below the Museum Store. All backpacks, parcels, suitcases, umbrellas, and large bags MUST be checked.

Are strollers available for rent?
Please speak with the Guest Experience Associate in Coat Check, which is located on the lower level, if you would like to rent a compact stroller. When borrowing our complimentary resources, such as a compact stroller, you will be asked to leave a photo ID with staff for the duration of your rental as collateral. Oversized strollers MUST be checked, and, because stroller parking accommodations are limited, we recommend that guests leave larger strollers in their vehicles, or in Coat Check.