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Bowers Museum--Disney Archives

Updated: Sep 1

June 26, 2020


I got to go to the Bowers Museum for the special Disney Archives exhibit (before all museums were closed because of COVID. What a treat. I was begging for more. There are so many items in the Disney Archives, they could have added 10 times more and still not scratched the surface. Upon entering you see this full size Dumbo hanging from the ceiling.


Dumbo the Flying Elephant at the Disney Archives

There was no line to get in, but they had several TV's set up at the entrance to watch historical information about Disney while you were waiting. We had to wear masks and social distance, which wasn't hard with the limited numbers, but they also allow just face shields, so my friend went with her shield, which was much more comfortable and cool. Upon entry they had a replica of Walt's office. One of the things I love about museums is reading all the information about each piece. This was no exception. I read everything.




All about a mouse

They are considering making the exhibit permanent, which would be wonderful, but I would recommend it, when it opens again, for any Disney fan. You can purchase the tickets online at https://www.bowers.org/ when they open again.


They showed the inside of an audioanimatronic humanoid head. Fascinating all the gears the hydraulics needed to make it move.


These are the models used for the animators for Beauty and the Beast for Cogsworth and Lumier. Look at the detail.






















Everybody love Lion King. Here again they created a model for the animators to use to create the African landscape for the movie.














The heart of Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.












From "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" and the others. The shrinking machines.
















Uncle Walt


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