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Walt Disney Family Museum Honors the Icon's Legacy for Future Generations

By Kelly Church

Inspired by Walt Disney's zest for life and creativity, The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA tells the story of the icon's rise to fame and provides children, teachers and others in the community the opportunity to try their hand at animation. The museum is located at the Presidio of San Francisco and has many galleries and activities for families, residents and visitors to enjoy. Kirsten Komoroske, Executive Director of the museum, said gallery number nine is always a visitor favorite.

"[The Disneyland Model located in gallery nine] allows us all to admire Walt's incredible achievement in revolutionizing family entertainment and theme park innovation, while immersing us in worlds beyond our own," Komoroske said.

There are ten galleries in total, starting with Disney's childhood and earliest memories that led him on his path of creativity, and ending with the legacy he left after his death.

The museum is rich in education as well. It is a major element for the museum as a whole, and brings people of all ages to the property for interactive creativity. Education is how the museum honor's Disney's legacy and continues to make an impression on future generations.

"The museum offers several educational programs ranging from school experiences to animation summer camps and hands-on studio sessions for all ages," Maggie Kravchuk, who works in Public Relations for the museum, said. "The museum hopes that these educational programs and events, along with discovering key elements of Walt Disney's life story, will spark their imagination and inspire them to persevere in pursuing their goals."

The museum has educational programs for teachers, students and business professionals. The teacher programs use interactive workshops to not only inspire teachers, but also provide them tools for their own classroom curriculums. The student programs are held during the school year and during the summer. These classes include animation courses and summer camps that align with school curriculums and age groups. Industry professionals teach the animation summer camp and students learn how to sculpt, paint and animate characters.

Business professionals and other members of the community can attend workshops and studio classes that cover a wide range of topics: theory, animation, design and more. Some classes are multi-day workshops, while others are just a few hours.

"The Walt Disney Family Museum believes it is extremely important to foster the next generation of creative talent," Kravchuk said.

The museum also works with Title 1 schools so no student is unable to experience The Walt Disney Family Museum. Scholarships, admission waivers and even bus scholarships for field trips to and from Title 1 schools are available. The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for on Tuesdays, New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last admission daily is 4:45 p.m.

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