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MSI Chicago extends run of D23’s ‘Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’

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On April 28, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago will extend the run of “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.” The exhibit, devoted to showcasing the accomplishments of The Walt Disney Company, will now run through Aug. 3.

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Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” includes nearly 300 artifacts curated the milestones, innovations and accomplishments from across Disney’s various divisions and its nine decades. The “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” on display at the Museum of Science and Industry features artifacts, as with other versions, that showcases Disney animated and live-action movies, theme park attractions, and TV shows.

MSI’s “Treasure of the Walt Disney Archives” features some familiar Disney faces, including such characters as Mickey Mouse, Mary Poppins and Captain Jack Sparrow. In a special Chicago touch, the MSI “Treasures” exhibit also includes hands-on activities that encourages guests to explore animation technology from all 53 Disney animated films. Museum guests will be able to record sound effects for a film and learn about Disney’s groundbreaking multiplane film camera. Or they can learn to draw one of their favorite characters in the Animation Academy.

“Treasures” opened at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) on Oct. 16, 2013, the opening helping to mark the 90th anniversary of the company. The exhibit was originally slated to close Feb. 17 of this year.

In speaking about MSI’s extended run for “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives,” Anne Rashford, director of temporary exhibits, said in a media statement:

“This interactive exhibit has been so well-received by guests of all ages. It tells the great story of the imagination and perseverance of Walt Disney and offers a rare peek into his life and the unforgettable entertainment he created. We are thrilled to be able to keep it at MSI for an additional three months.”

Of particular interest to those seeing the exhibit in Chicago might be the artifacts items focused the early history of the Walt Disney Studios as well as on Walt Disney himself. After all, Walt was born in Chicago in 1901 and the city is naturally proud of that connection. “Treasures” includes clips from several of Walt Disney’s earliest animated works and Walt’s original script for “Steamboat Willie, “ the 1928 cartoon short that launched the career of Mickey Mouse. The exhibit also displays a partial recreation of Walt Disney’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., including original furnishings and many of Walt’s personal items.

“Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” is not included with admission to the Museum of Science and Industry, but can be added to an Explorer ticket package. D23 Gold and Silver Members will receive a special discount on exhibit entry.