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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 and has since been touring Canada.


The exhibition features 40 exhibit elements which demonstrate the production pipeline at Pixar, the creator of the Monsters, Inc. films and shorts. They are divided into eight sections, each one focusing on a different step in the filmmaking process:

  • Modeling
  • Rigging
  • Surfaces
  • Sets & Camera
  • Animation
  • Simulation
  • Lightning
  • Rendering

The exhibition also features human-sized models of Mike and Sulley, as well several characters from other Pixar films.

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 Pixar characters 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.


The chart below lists all the known museums The Science Behind Pixar has visited or will visit and when they were open or will be open.

Museum City Opening date Closing date Notes
Museum of Science Boston, MA June 28, 2015 January 10, 2016
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 April 9 before being delayed for unknown reasons.
Science Museum of Minnesota St. Paul, MN June 9, 2017 September 4, 2017 The original opening date used to be May 27, but it was also delayed for unknown reasons.
Telus World of Science Edmonton, AL, CA July 1, 2017 January 7, 2018 A copy of the exhibition starts touring Canada.
The Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, MI October 14, 2017 March 18, 2018 The originally planned closing date was April 14, but it was pushed forward a month for unknown reasons.
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 tour is expected to last for ten years with limited tour availability beginning in 2021.[2] Another stop will be at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, but the dates are currently unknown.[1]


  • The introductory video is similar to the introduction video from Pixar in a Box.



External LinksEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Museum of Science Presents World Premiere of The Science Behind Pixar" at
  2. "Education Enterprises and Traveling Exhibits" at
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