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Cincinnati Museum Center's New Pixar Exhibition (Cincinnati Museum Center)
Cincinnati Museum Center's New Pixar Exhibition (Cincinnati Museum Center)
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Cincinnati Museum Center's New Pixar Exhibition - Here's Why it's Buzz (Lightyear) Worthy

Cincinnati Museum Center opened its newest exhibition, The Science Behind Pixar, in late October. The new exhibition boasts 50 interactive elements including "Toy Story" favorites and so much more.

“The interactive exhibition showcases the boundless limits of STEM, imagination and curiosity, thrilling you as you come face-to-face with some of your favorite characters including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL-E,” the Cincinnati Museum Center said.

Millennials and now their children have grown up in the age of "Toy Story" and Pixar, and this is an opportunity that both parents and littles will love. The films and characters represented in the exhibition include "Toy Story", "A Bug’s Life", "Finding Nemo", "Finding Dory", "Brave", "The Incredibles", "Up", "WALL-E", "Monsters, Inc.", "Cars", "Luca" and more.

“Pixar immerses us in worlds that begin to feel familiar even in their fantastical whimsy. We rewatch their films again and again because it feels like reconnecting with an old friend,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “As we get older, we rewatch these films because it feels like reconnecting with our younger selves. That’s the power of Pixar. And how those experiences are created shows us the power of STEM.”

There are eight interactive areas that empower guests to imagine the STEM concepts behind Pixar’s films and introduces visitors to the steps of the filmmaking process.

Some of the activities in the exhibitions include:

  • Discover how camera placement and angles created a bug’s-eye view in "A Bug’s Life"
  • Create a digital sculpture from an artist’s sketch
  • Use lights to solve challenges similar to ones faced by Pixar in creating underwater scenes in "Finding Nemo"
  • See how models are given a virtual skeleton that enables animators to pose them
  • Build a robot inspired by those in "WALL-E"
  • Try your hand at stop-motion animation of a jumping lamp and watch a short film of what you produced
  • See and touch scale models of many of Pixar’s beloved characters – except Mike and Sulley.

“The Science Behind Pixar is an interactive exhibition that offers people a hands-on opportunity to understand how we make our films,” said Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios. “At Pixar, we use science, technology, engineering, art and math – along with a significant dash of creativity and fun – and this exhibition is truly a great demonstration of how all those ingredients come together in our filmmaking process.”

Tickets are $19.50 for adults; $15.50 for children; and $15.50 for seniors. CMC Member Adults are $13.50 and CMC Member Children are $9.50.

The exhibition will run through April 24, 2022, and tickets can be purchased at