Walt Disney Hometown Museum

Walt Disney Hometown Museum

Walt Disney Hometown Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Walt first came to Marceline by train when he was five years old. The Santa Fe train arrived at the depot that preceded the present-day one, which was rebuilt in 1913. When Walt returned to Marceline for the first time in 1946, the depot evoked his first memories of pulling into Marceline. So it is fitting that the museum dedicated to one of the most influential persons of the last century is housed in this restored Santa Fe Depot.
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KenW
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Apr 2022
It's an interesting phenomenon that sometimes someone you never met has such a powerful impact on your life. Some of my best memories of growing up and raising my children was directly or indirectly related to the man, Walt Disney, so visiting his hometown of Marceline has been on my list of places to go for some time. My wife and I decided to make a road trip out of it and visit Marceline but other places of interest along Missouri Highway 36, aka, "The Way of the American Genius". The highlight of this wonderful trip was our visit to the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. We were immediately made to feel welcome by their relatively new Operations Manager, Sumner Nesbitt. He had some great stories and advice on how to best navigate the 10,000 square feet of the museum. Later we got the chance to meet and talk with Kaye Malins, Executive Director as well as her mother, Inez Johnson, one of the founders of the WDHT as well as personal friend of the late Walt Disney. What amazing stories they both could share! If you're a big Disney fan, you really owe it to yourself to make the trip to this fascinating museum but even if you're not, there is still a great deal of American history in that restored Railway station which is the museum's home. We loved our visit and plan to return again soon.
Written April 16, 2022
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Jon H
Fort Myers, FL553 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
This museum is in a circa 1913 restored train depot, which is an incredible, historic structure by itself. The exhibits are plentiful and extremely well done. It is easy to see that the town truly embraces their connection to the Disney family, just as Walt Disney loved the town. While there are many artifacts, the museum excels in telling the entire story of the Disney family and their connections to Marceline. The ladies at the front who checked us in were delightful and answered our questions, and added their own local experience. This is a fun spot, particularly for Disney fans (both casual and hard core) and those who were alive when Walt and Roy were alive.
Written August 22, 2021
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ732 contributions
May 2022
Unlike the Disney Family museum in San Francisco which covers Walt's career and accomplishments, this small hometown museum in Marceline's restored train station concentrates on Walt's childhood home of Marceline. The docent gave us some general information, then set us off on our self guided tour. There are video story stations set up in some rooms showing stories of the Disney family as told by locals who knew them well. We particularly enjoyed Walt's home coming videos of 1956 and 1960, when local boy makes good. Of course there are artifacts of the town and Walt's interactions. One room has a collection of Disney items contributed by Disney collectors. It was fun touring the museum and town recognizing this is where Walt's talents and aspirations were developed. Having been to the Family Museum and both parks, we feel that Marcelene's museum gave us a sense where it all started. Of course there's a nice selection of gifts to bring home - a great shirt and Hometown pin was acquired by this fan!
Written May 28, 2022
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Roger M
Macon, MO762 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Marceline is a small town and the Walt Disney Museum was very easy to find. They have very convenient hours and are actually open on Sundays from 1:00 until 5:00. They also give a veterans discount or a seniors discount if you ask. Seeing all of the displays and reading the placards on everything made me appreciate what Walt and his brother Roy did to make the world a better place.
Written September 12, 2022
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Jeff H
6 contributions
Jul 2020
Great museum for true fans of Walt Disney. Not really big, but some interesting artifacts and lots of family letters to read. The autopia car and Walt's schoolhouse desk were cool to see. Learned a lot more about the Disney family here than we did from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. I never even knew Walt had 3 brothers before going here! Museum only takes 1-2 hours depending upon how much you want to read. Some video displays told interesting stories, including how Walt and Roy returned to Marceline for the dedication of the Walt Disney Elementary and the municipal pool during their rise to glory. Highly recommend for the true Walt Disney fan!
Written August 2, 2020
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jfoxgeojoc
Clermont, FL9 contributions
May 2022
Definitely recommend a trip to Walt Disney's boyhood home of Marceline, MO.
We were excited to visit the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, and we were not at all disappointed. The museum was larger than expected and contained room after room of amazing artifacts, memrobila, but most impressive was the vast array of Disney family information that provided so much insight into what was to lead to the creation of "The Happiest Place On Earth"! Disney faithfull must make an effort to visit Marceline and the museum.
Written May 29, 2022
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koppla69
Phoenix, AZ174 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Must be a Disney fan first. This museum was amazing. This place tells the story of Walt Disney and the person he was. He really loved the people and the town he grew up in. They have a elevator so strollers or wheel chairs are not a problem. After the museum make sure you go to the barn and the area where Walt lived. You can also purchase a brick to put out side the front way. $125.
Written July 2, 2020
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Elizabeth
6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Honestly not a huge Disney fan (at least not new Disney) but decided to stop here on my Missouri road trip anyway. I love history and I thought it would be interesting to see where Disney came from. I was surprised to find such a well done museum about the Disney family. I was expecting more Mickey Mouse stuff - there was some memorabilia but it was not focused on it - and was pleased to find out it followed Walt and Roy Disney more then anything. I’ve never known much about the Disney brothers and their family. Even though Walt didn’t live in Marceline long, everything provided by the Disney sister and the recurring visits to Marceline after their success, show how dear this town was to the Disney family. It truly felt like like they loved this small town and it was refreshing to read someone’s love for their home - it really seemed like love letters between Walt Disney and Marceline, MO. Plus, the staff was super nice and gave me a thorough explanation of where to go after the museum visit!
Written August 3, 2021
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Donna W
Port Matilda, PA5 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
What a nice museum. There are many great connections between Walt Disney and the town of Marceline. The town was very friendly with the museum being the highlight of our stop in the area. Would definitely recommend this as a must do for the Disney fan!
Written July 19, 2022
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Jiri Dod
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
Not for everyone.Casual Disney fans will be bored quick..Hardcore only..Lol Seems like a world class collection of Disney memorabilia though.Main Street USA is very small ,and doesnt look like much.Kinda laugh at the NEW Dreaming Tree.(real tree struck by lightning)Miracle acorn grown for NEW Dreaming Tree.lol Disney lived there for less than 4 yrs as a child.Seems contrived and woe fully under done(Main Street USA )Hard Core Fans will love the Museum's Collections and super. Tour guides.OVERALL. seems like a Hardcore fan will lick up the contrived schmutz..
Written June 26, 2021
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  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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