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Many of the Museum docents actually met Walt Disney!! How many museums can boast that? The museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mrsjpvan2
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Worth going out of the way

This was a very interesting museum and focuses more on Walt the man rather than the parks. We... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
satheta
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Mackinaw, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many of the Museum docents actually met Walt Disney!! How many museums can boast that? The museum itself is fascinating, filled with Disney memorabilia related to the Disney family. My favorite was the Disney barn which Walt replicated in his California home. On the 2nd floor of the museum is a replica of Disneyland built to scale using actual Disneyland blueprints given to the artist by Walt himself.

You can also see the street that inspired Main St. USA, see the only Post Office named after a person (Walt Disney Post Office), and get a cancellation on a stamp bearing his name.

The ladies at the museum recommended lunch at Ma Vic’s and it was delicious. Try the Dusty Miller - vanilla ice cream, marshmallow syrup, chocolate syrup and malted milk powder.

I would recommend this museum to anyone who has an interest in Disney or Disneyland. You will love it!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very interesting museum and focuses more on Walt the man rather than the parks. We thought it would be a short visit, but we took over an hour. The video stops were short and interesting and the family history displays were very informative. If you are near here, it is worth the side trip to see the town that influenced Walt and his Main St. so profoundly.

Thank satheta
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many have expressed detailed comments except that this is an exceptional journey into where Walt grew up and the town that formed him for ever.....and us.
The town, if you look at it is the model for main street in Disneyland. There are nooks and crannies in town that grab you with deja vu... You feel like you have been here before if you visited Disney land/world. The train
Walt donated to the town the Auto-topia, the "thinking tree" all are here
I had the rare prividlige of visiting when the museum was closed and undergoing renovation a year ago. They opened for me because of my voiced appreciation of Walt and the Disney story. The curator her self took me and my cousin... and told stories of Walt, like you have never ever heard. She knew Walt, when he visited Marceline he would stay at her home and she gave up her bedroom to him. She would walk around with him to his thinking tree and shared many private moments as only someone who had been so close to Walt away from Hollywood. She told of the real Walt . Who built a Autotopia in Marceline for the children, and got them a train,... all sorts of things he did for the town who gave him his vision. Marceline is the soul of Walt... The museum is on 2 floors and houses a fantastic large collection of walts memories from his school desk to model trains... all sorts of things
The admission is $10 and is a bargain for what you get to see and learn. Things you never ever heard or dreamed of. about the Disney you never knew.
(I was shocked that someone would complain that $10 is a rip off.. yet drive to a Mc Donald's and get a Big mac happy meal for the same price... Am I missing something or was it them ????)
The museum with limited funds, off the beaten track in a tiny town, has created an exceptional in depth journey in the boy and man who gave us the happiest place on earth... How he and how this tiny town shaped the entire western culture is a story to be learned How the town and people of Marceline have preserved Walt's story , before there was ever a mouse is a testimonial to devotion...

You will leave after your visit astounded and feeling good about the world.... Do NOT miss the museum or to experience the town... It is the real deal...

2  Thank hawaiidan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool stop for Disney history buffs. Run by volunteers, some of whom met Walt when he came to visit marceline in 1956. Museum has a lot of interesting things to see, many items donated by Walt’s sister, Ruth. Disney farm not far either and can see the barn Walt played in (the house, however, is now a private residence). Very enjoyable visit.

Thank DisneyDad21
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” (Walt Disney) Like all museums, you should be slightly interested to put a visit on your itinerary, especially one dedicated to an individual. We had that interest so appreciated the museum for what it was.

The museum is a tribute to a famous man and his family who showed their fondness for a town that sparked their imaginations that have greatly influenced 20th and 21st century cultures. The town, in turn, supports their memory with this memento of love. It is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

The museum inspires you to understand the town. I recommend visiting when shops and/or a cafe in town is open in order to soak up more atmosphere, so do check timings in advance (we missed out because of poor planning).

Others have noted that the price is a bit high, especially for the remote location; although not outrageously high, the proprietors should consider these remarks.

While there you will be apprised more than half a dozen times that Disney’s mother made the best butter....I would have found a butter-related display of interest given its repeated importance.

Thank ktbeenthere2015
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

It's a wonderful museum worthy of Walt Disney. Walt himself was personally involved with this museum. This place is fun, interesting, and is in an old train station. Walt's love of trains started here and it never stopped. Drawings and attractions from Disneyland are here along with Walt's wonderful memories.

2  Thank rkbottens
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

We’ve been mild Disney fans for many years and just happened to be in the area of Marceline so stopped by the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. It was delightful.

The Museum is more about Walt and Roy, their siblings, and their parents than about Mickey Mouse industry (although it does show up of course). Museum was a nice balance between small-town history and flashy subsidized professional. Staff was helpful and charming.

Do stop and watch *every* video display. I thought I knew my Walt Disney history fairly well, but I learned something new in every video.

Museum is housed in the old train station, and is right next to live tracks. Several trains passed by during our visit. This was a big hit with the train enthusiast in our party, and also helps explain Walt’s love of trains.

Highly recommended.

2  Thank Sunshine799811
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

Marceline, Missouri has a population of less than 2400, so I was shocked when a town that small expected a museum entrance fee of TEN DOLLARS! No senior discounts either. I don't know what the museum is worth, as I couldn't stomach paying that much to visit a museum slightly larger than my house. The cashier, however, was pleasant, and the gift shop was more than I expected it to be.

Thank NRH-Texas
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

Took my church group to the Toonfest held every September and everyone had a great time despite the heat! The museum is very nice and gave lots of insight into Walt's beginnings. Downtown was not as fun as a lot of the events were outside and the heat was just too much but on a day when it is cool a nice area to visit!

Thank Paula T
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

Marceline was Walt Disney's "hometown" - he was born in Chicago, but he spent his younger years in Marceline, Mo., a place he loved so much, he tried to recreate it in his movies and his theme parks.
Main Street America in Disneyland was modeled after Marceline Main Street. In fact, Disney felt always at peace in Marceline, and when he found success he came back many times, and donated money and time to the small town. The town's pool was donated by Disney, and the high school has still murals he sent his artists to design. And the barn that you have seen in so many Disney cartoons? It's still in town, just off the high way.
So, if you are driving around Missouri, west of Hannibal, make it a destination - the Walt Disney Hometown Museum will repay you by reminding you what it was to be a starry eyed kid.
My wife and I spent about an hour at the museum that is housed in the town's old rail station, and could have easily spent some more, but we were driving to Kansas and did not have the time.
Despite the short visit, it was one of our trip's highlights. The museum offers a number of multimedia presentations about Disney and the time he was in town, and we learned much about Walt's life that we had no clue about. The museum hosts also many items from his life- among them an authentic car from his first car ride in Disney Land.When the ride started being too old for the park, he disassembled it had had it shipped to Marceline, where it served the town's kids for decades.
If you visit, don't forget to take the time and talk to the very polite ladies that staff the museum. You will hear first hand stories of Walt's visits to Marceline, and how he really was. Such a pity he passed away just before realizing his dream to create a Marceline theme park! It would have changed the course of the entire area and possibly the heartland. Just think what his theme parks have done for Florida, LA, Paris, even Tokyo, and Hong Kong.He passed just six months before he planned to break ground. It was not to be, but if you are anywhere in the vicinity (and I mean that in the loosest way - say 500 miles any direction!) definitely don't miss this town and this museum. .

2  Thank Jon C
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