Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

My family and I visited Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a temporary exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.  What a wonderful exhibit!!!  If you can get here before it closes on August 3, I highly recommend it.  If you can’t, rather than tell you about it, I’m sharing some photo highlights.

The tour begins with early Walt Disney history including these photos of the Walt Disney Studios,Early WD Studios
and moves into personal artifacts including the birdcage that they say was the inspiration for early audio-animatronics like the ones at The Enchanted Tiki Room, a recreation of Walt’s formal office, and a 1953 Oscar.
BirdcageWD Desk1953 Oscar













There were displays of items from various movies including props from Mary Poppins and 20,000 Leagues under the sea and storybook props from Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.MP BagNautilus
Sleeping Beauty         Cinderella

Possibly my favorite part of the exhibit were the costumes from Disney shows and movies including Mickey Mouse Club, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean, 101 Dalmations, Enchanted, and Mary Poppins.

Annette     Mad HatterJack Sparrow Costume    CruelladeVil Enchanted   Mary Poppins Costumes

Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete Disney exhibit without a portion devoted to the Disney parks.  There were exhibits, props, and videos detailing the history of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

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SW Doll     Vid WDW

Vid HM     HM Ghost

While we are regular visitors to the Disney parks and love to watch Disney movies, I love that my son was able to see some of Walt Disney the man and the history and hard work behind it all.  My few photos here just barely scratch the surface of all that was covered.  This exhibit really put Walt Disney back into the Walt Disney Company.

Walt Disney





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