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The Science Behind Pixar

The Science Behind Pixar

The Science Behind Pixar (originally called The Science of Pixar and sometimes called The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition) is a 10,000 square-foot travelling exhibition which opened on June 28, 2015 at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. On January 10, 2016, it started a national tour to other museums around the United States.[1] A copy of the exhibition was created in 2017 for touring internationally.


The exhibition features 40 exhibit elements which demonstrate the production pipeline at Pixar. They are divided into eight sections, each one focusing on a step in the filmmaking process:

  • Modeling
  • Rigging
  • Surfaces
  • Sets & Cameras
  • Animation
  • Simulation
  • Lighting
  • Rendering

Before entering the exhibit, visitors go into a theater to watch a five-minute introductory video. In the video, Pixar technical artist Fran Kalal and story artist Alex Woo briefly explaining Pixar's production pipeline. It also features Mr. Ray and Roz greeting the visitors and providing them safety precautions for the theater. Roz appears again at the end of the video to say that she will miss the visitors once they leave the theater.


Human-sized statues of some of Pixar's characters appear at the exhibit.


The chart below lists the museums in the exhibition's tour and the opening and closing dates at each one.

Museum City Opening date Closing date Notes
Museum of Science Boston, MA June 28, 2015 January 10, 2016 As said in a promo, it was meant to open in 2014, but was delayed to 2015 for unknown reasons.
The Franklin Institute Philadelphia, PA March 12, 2016 September 5, 2016
California Science Center Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2016 April 16, 2017 The closing date was originally planned to be on April 9, but it was delayed to the 16th for unknown reasons.
Science Museum of Minnesota St. Paul, MN June 9, 2017 September 4, 2017 Originally, it was planned to open on May 27 before beling delayed to June 9 for unknown reasons.
Telus World of Science Edmonton, AL, Canada July 1, 2017 January 7, 2018 The international tour starts here.
The Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, MI October 14, 2017 April 14, 2018
Science World at TELUS World of Science Vancouver, BC, Canada May 19, 2018 January 6, 2019
The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, IL May 24, 2018 January 6, 2019
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Portland, OR February 23, 2019 September 2, 2019
The Roppongi Hills Observation Deck Tokyo City View Tokyo, Japan April 13, 2019 September 16, 2019

The tour is expected to last for ten years with limited tour availability beginning in 2021.[2]




Character promos



External Links


  1. "Museum of Science Presents World Premiere of The Science Behind Pixar" at
  2. "Education Enterprises and Traveling Exhibits" at