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 and, later, Canada.
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:
- Sets & Cameras
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||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 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, CA||July 1, 2017||January 7, 2018||This is the exhibit's first stop in Canada and the first time it has been at two museums at the same time.|
|The Henry Ford Museum||Dearborn, MI||October 14, 2017||April 14, 2018|
The tour is expected to last for ten years with limited tour availability beginning in 2021. Another stop will be at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, but the dates are currently unknown.
- The introductory video is similar to the introduction video from Pixar in a Box.
- 1:55 scale die-casts of Lightning McQueen, Chick Hicks and Brush Curber appear in one of the exhibit elements.
- In an early promo, it was called "The Science of Pixar". It was also meant to start in 2014, but was delayed to 2015.
- Official Website
- The Science Behind Pixar at the Official Pixar Website
- Museum of Science Website (archived)
- Franklin Institute Website (archived)
- California Science Center Website (archived)
- Telus World of Science Website
- Science Museum of Minnesota Website