The Walt Disney Family Museum

#21 in Best Things To Do in San Francisco
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Key Info

104 Montgomery St.

Price & Hours

$25 for adults; $15 for kids 6-17
Weds-Mon 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

True Disney aficionados would be remiss to skip The Walt Disney Family Museum, which delves into the history around the iconic creator. The museum's galleries begin with Walt Disney's childhood and trace his life through the construction of Disneyland, highlighting his legacy and various achievements along the way. Rotating exhibitions widen the museum's berth and offer a closer look at the artists and animators who helped inspire classic characters such as Pinocchio and Mickey Mouse.

Past visitors were impressed by how thoroughly the museum explains Walt Disney's early life. They also praised the museum's interactive displays, saying that there is a good mix of reading and video to keep museum patrons entertained.

The Walt Disney Family Museum sits in the Presidio, in the northern part of San Francisco. Metered parking is available throughout the neighborhood, while travelers can also take the free PresidiGo Shuttle, plus the No. 45, 43 and 28 buses stop near the attraction. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, excluding major holidays, and the last entry is at 4:45 p.m. General admission tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors ages 65 and older, and $15 for youths ages 6 to 17; children 5 and younger and military personnel are granted free entry. Film screenings and special exhibition venues cost extra. For more information, visit The Walt Disney Family Museum's website.

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Attention all traveling families: recent visitors said this is the perfect place to bring kids in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences brims with plenty of things to see, including an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and even a rainforest. 

The Steinhart Aquarium is home to about 40,000 animals representing more than 900 different species, including a penguin colony from Africa, a swamp with an albino alligator, a shark lagoon and a separate 100,000-gallon tank that mirrors the ecosystem of the California coast. Meanwhile, the Osher Rainforest houses 1,600 animals, including 250 free-flying birds and about 100 reptiles and amphibians in its four-story complex. The Morrison Planetarium is known for its 75-foot-diameter screen, which screens "Tour of the Universe" shows daily. And the Kimball Natural History Museum boasts dinosaur fossils, an interactive science exhibit and a unique earthquake simulator. 

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