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Highlights of "The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition"

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The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition - Now Open

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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]


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 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
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 9, 2017
Science Museum of Minnesota St. Paul, MN May 27, 2017 September 4, 2017

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]






External Links


  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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