The Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in Fall 2009, presents the life and achievements of the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. The Museum is located within the Presidio of San Francisco, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, administered by the National Park Service, and occupies three historic buildings in the heart of the Main Post. These buildings represent three distinct eras of Presidio construction and contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District and a California Landmark. The Museum’s renovation of the historic buildings, led by San Francisco-based architecture firm Page & Turnbull, has been the largest and most complex preservation project to date in the Presidio. Page & Turnbull sensitively adapted the historic, domestic-scaled structures to create a museum that allows visitors to relate to Walt Disney as an individual while enhancing the larger setting of the Presidio. The Museum’s flagship building, a former barrack from the 1890s, preserves the original floor plan and spatial relationships while accommodating 10 exhibition galleries and program spaces, a 114-seat screening facility, a learning center, retail store and café. A 15,000-square-foot addition set into the U-shaped barrack courtyard provides added exhibit space and facilitates circulation through a dramatic spiraling ramp. The transparency and massing of the state-of-the-art glass and steel addition defer to the historic masonry building, which was carefully restored. Placing the addition in the rear courtyard preserves the experience of the Main Parade Ground’s shaded porches and timeless views. The Walt Disney Family Museum commissioned the New York-based architecture and design firm Rockwell Group to help bring to life Walt Disney’s story, push the boundaries of interior and exhibition design and create a series of special interactive displays. The firm’s goal was to create an immersive, accessible and inspiring environment that educates visitors about the life of Walt Disney by hearing his voice and providing access to his personal artifacts and stories that have previously been inaccessible to the public. The museum experience moves visitors chronologically, with artifacts as well as scenic and decorative elements in each gallery that show the historical context and suggest a specific time and place in Disney’s life. By presenting the story in his own words, visitors are given direct access to his heart and mind. The firm used new technology in service of storytelling, consistent with what Disney was known for. To add multiple perspectives, the voices of Disney’s collaborators, friends and family are also heard.