Science Museum of Minnesota to bring The Science Behind Pixar to Saint Paul this summer! | Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota to bring The Science Behind Pixar to Saint Paul this summer!

March 14, 2017
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Kim Ramsden, Public Relations Director, (651) 221-9423
Sarah Imholte, Public Relations Specialist, (651) 221-9412

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ST. PAUL, Minn — The Science Museum of Minnesota announced today that it will host The Science Behind Pixar, a 12,000 square-foot exhibit inspired by the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters. The colorful interactive exhibit will open at the Science Museum on Friday, June 9.

The Science Museum of Minnesota is only the fourth museum in the nation to host The Science Behind Pixar. Created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, and featuring more than 40 interactive elements, the exhibit demonstrates the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar’s storytellers.

The exhibition is broken into eight distinct sections, each focusing on a step of the filmmaking process — Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering — providing visitors with a unique view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Visitors of all ages will engage in and learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from the first-ever computer animated feature film Toy Story, which opened nearly two decades ago, to Pixar’s summer 2015 release, Inside Out. Visitors will come face-to-face with re-creations of their favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.

The Science Behind Pixar will bring the perfect blend of popular culture, art, and science to the Science Museum this summer,” says Science Museum of Minnesota president Alison Rempel Brown. “So much goes into creating what looks like the magic of Pixar films — and much of it stems from creative problem solving and computational thinking. Visitors are going to love what this exhibit has to offer them regarding science learning, nostalgia, and hands-on fun.”

Priority Ticket Information
Tickets for The Science Behind Pixar will go on sale to the general public in May. Visitors who wish to get a jump on ticket sales may visit and join the Science Museum’s Ticket Priority List. Those who sign up will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public and will receive periodic email updates about the exhibit and special events, including an adults-only preview.

Visitor Information
Admission to the Science Museum and The Science Behind Pixar will be $28.95 for adults, 22.95 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors age 65 and older. Discounts are available for Science Museum members, groups of 15 or more, and individuals with limited incomes. Tickets will be timed and dated, so visitors will be asked to choose a date for their visit and a specific entry time for The Science Behind Pixar.

More information about The Science Behind Pixar will be available at as the opening day approaches.

The Science Behind Pixar was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. © Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.

Support for The Science Behind Pixar
The Science Behind Pixar is funded through support by Google, members of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative (SMEC), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The exhibit is sponsored locally by Delta Air Lines. About Pixar Animation Studios Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Brave,” the Northern California studio has won 30 Academy Awards and its films have grossed more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

About the Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the state’s most popular museums, with a reach that extends well beyond its riverfront location in downtown Saint Paul. It serves hundreds of thousands of people each year with its engaging exhibits, breathtaking giant screen films, and unique special events. Science Museum education programs touch students in all of Minnesota’s 87 counties each year, and its research programs span the globe. For more information, visit

PLEASE NOTE: Preliminary images from The Science Behind Pixar are available for media use at Video footage is also available. Contact Sarah Imholte at (651) 221-9412 or for access.