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January 20, 2016

The Facilities of The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in key historic buildings within the Presidio of San Francisco, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area of the National Park Service, and a listing on both the California Historical Landmarks and National Historic Landmarks.

The centerpiece is a former army barracks at 104 Montgomery St., originally built in 1897 and redesigned and upgraded by architecture firm Page & Turnbull of San Francisco, with interior architecture and installations designed by the Rockwell Group. The museum uses the building's original domestic-scale rooms to frame the story of Walt Disney's life and incorporates a wide range of materials and technologies, from historic documents and artifacts, to listening stations and other interactive displays, to more than 200 video monitors. In addition to the galleries, the museum contains a 123-seat screening facility, a learning center, a store and a cafe.

Also on the museum's campus at 122 Riley Ave. is the 2,000 square foot Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall, dedicated in 2014 to the memory of Disney's daughter and now used to house the rotation of special exhibitions. The main building was constructed in 1908 and originally served as a gymnasium and post exchange, before conversion into separate reading and game rooms, billard hall, library and more by 1941. The Riley Building now houses The Walt Disney Family Foundation's collections and offices.  The non-profit foundation owns and operates the Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C., which is further partially funded by California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank revenue bonds.

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