Museum of Science, Boston Expands International Exhibition Tour throughout Japan

January 14, 2019

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition Continues to Amaze Spectators Worldwide

BOSTON  – The Museum of Science, Boston announced today the expansion of the international tour of its successful exhibition, The Science Behind Pixar, with an additional two-year tour of the exhibition throughout Japan beginning in 2019. This interactive 12,000 square foot exhibition showcases the computer science, math, and science concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. Museumgoers across Japan will be inspired by the science and technology behind some of the company’s most beloved animated films and their characters.


Created by the Museum of Science and Pixar Animation Studios, and featuring more than 50 interactive elements, The Science Behind Pixar embodies the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) thinking skills needed to create compelling films. The exhibition is organized into eight sections, each focusing on a step of Pixar’s technical 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 over two decades ago, to Pixar’s summer 2015 release, Inside Out.


After a two-year Canadian tour wrapped up in January, the exhibit will open in Japan at Roppongi Hills Observation Deck Tokyo City View on April 13th, 2019, and will remain touring in the country for two years with stops at the Nagaoka Museum in Niigata, and then to Grand Front Hall in Osaka.


"The Science Behind Pixar is an interactive exhibit 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 exhibit is truly a great demonstration of how all those ingredients come together in our filmmaking process."


“The Museum of Science, Boston is thrilled to introduce visitors around the world to the wonders of The Science Behind Pixar,” said Christine Reich, Ph.D. vice president of Exhibit Development and Conservation. The exhibition allows visitors to explore the technical and artistic processes of the Pixar filmmakers, highlighting how computers are used as a tool for creativity. The exhibition puts you into the role of each aspect of the Pixar filmmaking process, and we hope visitors will increase their knowledge and understanding of the core STEM content behind computer animation.”


To better understand the computer science, science, and math that goes into creating the worlds and characters of Pixar’s films, visitors will hear first-hand from members of the studios’ production teams. They will also be invited to experience different roles within the production pipeline, through screen-based activities and physical interactive elements. In Sets & Cameras, for example, visitors will discover how camera placement and angle created a bug’s-eye view for A Bug’s Life. Visitors will try their hand at creating a digital sculpture from an artist’s sketch in Modeling and use lights to solve challenges similar to ones Pixar faced in creating underwater scenes with virtual light in Finding Nemo in Lighting. Rigging showcases how the models are given a virtual skeleton that enables the animators to pose them and in Surfaces, visitors can immerse themselves in the techniques that give surfaces color and texture. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take their photo with human-size recreations of many of their favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.


The Science Behind Pixar exhibit debuted in Boston in 2015 and is scheduled to visit museums throughout the U.S. through 2025.  The international version of the exhibit launched in July 2017 in Edmonton, Canada.


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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).


About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces more than 1.3 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and pre-K-12 curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Science Behind Pixar, created with Pixar Animation Studios, is touring internationally. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® has transformed STEM education nationally and internationally through advocacy, standards and assessment reforms, teacher professional development, and curriculum development. The Museum’s pre-K-12 curricula, including its award-winning Engineering is Elementary®, have reached an estimated 15 million students and 165,000 educators. Visit:

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.  The Northern California studio has created 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,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Toy Story 4,” Pixar’s 21st feature, opens in theaters on June 21, 2019.


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


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