The Science Behind Pixar, photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar


November 16, 2022 to September 04, 2023


Perot Museum of Nature and Science View map
2201 N. Field St.,
Dallas, TX,

Additional Information

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  • Line/Box Office Phone: 214/428-5555;
  • Cost: General admission: $25 adults, $15 children, under 2 free; plus special exhibit ticket: $12 adults, $10 children, under 2 free.
  • Ages: All ages


Ever wonder what goes into the making of a Pixar film, particularly how character favorites like Buzz Lightyear, Mike, Sulley and Dory are created and brought to life?

Making its Texas debut at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The Science Behind Pixar offers a unique look into the Pixar process. Exploring the almost 10,000-square-foot exhibition, visitors will learn about the science and technology needed to create their most beloved animated films and characters.

The Science Behind Pixar embodies the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) thinking skills needed to create compelling films. Presented in English and digitally in Spanish, guests can engage in dozens of hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams and come face-to-face with life-size recreations of cherished Pixar characters such as Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Ian Lightfoot, Edna Mode and WALL•E.

With more than 50 interactive elements, guests can learn about the STEM thinking skills and practices used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen, from the first-ever, computer-animated feature film Toy Story, which opened more than 25 years ago, to the studio’s most recent, Lightyear.

The exhibition takes visitors through eight technical steps – modeling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering – giving an unparalleled view of the filmmaking process. To better understand the science and math that goes into creating the worlds and characters of Pixar’s films, guests can experience different roles within the production pipeline via screen-based activities and physical interactive elements.

In Sets and Cameras, for example, visitors can discover how camera placement and angles created a bug’s-eye view for “A Bug’s Life.” They can try their hand at creating a digital sculpture from an artist’s sketch in Modeling. And in Lighting, they can use lights to solve challenges similar to ones Pixar faced in creating underwater scenes with virtual light in “Finding Nemo.” Rigging showcases how the models are given a virtual skeleton that enables the animators to pose them. And in Surfaces, visitors can delve into the techniques that give surfaces color and texture.

The Science Behind Pixar was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. © Disney/Pixar.

The Science Behind Pixar requires general admission plus an special exhibit ticket:
- Museum general admission is $25 for adults (13+) and $15 for youth (2-12). Museum general admission is free for members. Children under 2 are always free.
- Special exhibit ticket: $12 for adults, $10 for youth and free for children under 2. Members at the Explore level can purchase special exhibit tickets at a discounted price of $9 for all age levels.
Tickets are timed entry and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid lines and sell outs, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase advanced tickets at

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