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Celebrate Oscar Winners This Month at The Walt Disney Family Museum

10 February 2012 No Comment

As we are thick in the middle of awards season, come celebrate at The Walt Disney Family Museum some of the award winning features brought to you by Disney throughout his long and distinguished career.

During his storied career, Disney himself won 32 Academy Awards, giving him the record for the most awards won by an individual.  Twenty of the golden statuettes are housed right in the Museum, and guests can get an up-close-and-personal view of them.

To celebrate Disney’s award-winning accomplishments, The Walt Disney Family Museum is offering screenings of Disney’s True-Life Adventures series, which were produced between 1948-1060.  In total, the collections of shorts and features brought home eight Academy Awards, and inspired generations of naturalist filmmakers and conservationists.  Below is a complete list of events for the rest of the month of February.  Admission to film presentations is free with paid Museum Admission.


Now through February 14 (Daily 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.):

  • Water Birds (1952, 30 minutes)
  • Vanishing Prairie (1954, 71 minutes)

February 15 through 21 (Except February 18, Daily 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.):

  • Bear Country (1953, 33 minutes)
  • The Living Desert (1953, 69 minutes)

February 22 through 29 (Except February 25 and 26, Daily 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.):

  • Mysteries of the Deep (1959,  24 minutes)
  • Secrets of Life (1956, 70 minutes)

Special Presentations

On Saturday, February 18, the Museum will present the special program And the Award Goes to…Walt Disney, showcasing all of the Walt Disney Oscar award-winning moments.  Hosted by author, historian, and friend of the museum Jeff Kurtti, the program will offer highlights of Disney’s Oscar-winning films, including rarely seen works such as Parade of the Award Nominees (1932), Ferdinand the Bull (1938), and Grand Canyon (1958.)  Attendees will also take in trailers and other rare footage and photographs of Disney at the awards ceremonies.  Separate admission is required for this presentation.

On Saturday, February 25, Walt Disney’s World of Nature will feature Academy Award-nominated producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Matchgirl), who will present about Disney’s pioneering series of True-Adventures films.  The frequently emulated series inspired the current crop of Disneynature documentaries (Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and the soon to be released Chimpanzees), which Hahn executive produces.  Separate admission is required for this presentation.

Classes and Activities

Friday, February 24; Saturday, February 25; and Sunday, February 26

Look Closer: Cameras used for the True-Life Adventures series will take place at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm in Gallery 8.  Guests can take a more detailed look at the creation of the pioneering True-Life Adventures films, and the cameras used in their filming.  Museum admission is required.

Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 19

Disney Discoveries! will take place from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Learning Center Art Studio.  Are you going on a great adventure? Don’t leave home without your very own adventurer’s bag! Use it as a camera case, a collector of nature’s treasures, or a tote for everyday travels! These fun totes will be made from recycled materials.  Museum admission is required.

Live Performance

Saturday February 11

A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney will be held at 3:00 pm in the Special Exhibitions Hall, and will feature Paulway Chew, a renowned vocalist with over ten years of musical theater experience. She performed with a Chinese Malaysian theater group in Kuala Lumpur and has received nominations for Best Supporting and Best Leading Role as a Female Performer. Now residing in San Francisco, Paulway is a huge Disney fan and a Founding Member of the Museum. Her performance combines a beautiful story, amazing vocals, and audience participation for Disney fans of all ages.  Museum admission is required.

About the Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney’s achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $12 children ages 6 to 17;

Admission is free for members.

Where: 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129


Website: www.waltdisney.org



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