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Walt Disney’s wonderful life (photos) | TechRepublic Photo Gallery

October 23, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO–You might not think of the City by the Bay as the most likely place for a museum dedicated to the life of Walt Disney, but thanks to the influence of the late, great animator’s daughter and wife–both of whom have strong ties to the Bay Area–the city is host to the Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened its doors to the public for the first time just over a year ago, on October 1, 2009.

The museum is a fantastic tour through Disney’s life–and the works that made him and his company so famous. Stretching from his earliest days as an animator all the way to his death, it is ten galleries full of original concept art, posters, figurines, and much, much more, all guaranteed to delight any Disney fan.

But it’s not just a celebration of Mickey Mouse and friends. The museum also highlights some of the more controversial parts of the animator’s life, including his testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee, a major strike at Disney Studios, and the company’s work making war propaganda for the U.S. military.

Yet, in the end, it’s Disney’s work in the movies that carries the day. And perhaps there is no better celebration of his success than this very special Oscar, which Disney was awarded in 1939 for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” by Shirley Temple and which included seven small Oscar figurines.

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