New Book: Picturing the Walt Disney Family Museum

Just released is a gorgeous book celebrating the Walt Disney Family Museum. What has me most excited is the opportunity to finally see images from inside the WDFM, since cameras are not allowed!


It all started with a visit to San Francisco. When photographer Jim Smith—whose body of work includes contributions to more than 100 books—discovered The Walt Disney Family Museum, he was immediately captivated by Walt’s life story and the rich visuals that bring it to life. Jim proposed a photo book to Museum executive director Richard Benefield that would provide a great souvenir of our state-of-the-art galleries and exhibits, not to mention our stunning location near the Golden Gate Bridge. Given a green light by the Museum, Jim returned with two talented colleagues, Stephen Titra and Mike Vasiliauskas, who committed to seven days with an unusual shooting schedule: very early mornings before the Museum opened to visitors, and very late nights after the Museum had closed.

Working with every department from Collections to Facilities, Jim trained his professional eye on art, objects, artifacts, trains, cameras, and interactives – transforming them all with precise lighting set-ups and some post-production magic. The book, designed by Frank Kofsuske, Georgina Lee, and Yolanda de Montijo at EmDash, not only takes you inside an imaginative Museum but also reveals Walt Disney’s extraordinary journey. Text is by Richard Benefield with an introduction by Diane Disney Miller. 

The book retails for $34.95 and can be purchased in the Museum Store, or online at

What: Picturing: The Walt Disney Family Museum. New Photo Book exclusively for The Walt Disney Family Museum. Photos by Jim Smith. Text by Richard Benefield, with a foreword from Diane Disney Miller.

Price: $34.95 each


Main Phone: 415-345-6800

Press contact: Marsha Robertson / Andrea Wang
The Walt Disney Family Museum
415-345-6822 / 415-345-6816
[email protected] / [email protected]


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