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The Science Behind Pixar Through September 5th

September 5

Cincinnati Museum Center

$9.50 – $19.50
The Science Behind Pixar
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The Science Behind Pixar takes STEM to infinity… and beyond!


A new exhibition, The Science Behind Pixar, features 50 interactive elements, your favorite characters, and more

It’s your turn in the artist’s seat as Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) reveals The Science Behind Pixar. 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 Science Behind Pixar opens Friday, October 22, and is open through September 5, 2022.

Since Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story debuted in 1995, generations have grown up with the studio’s films and characters. CMC is excited to share the magic of Pixar and the science that brings it to life with Greater Cincinnati. The ingenuity of animators and engineers comes to light in an immersive experience that explores the science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts Pixar Animation Studios uses to bring their beloved characters to life.

Through eight interactive areas, The Science Behind Pixar empowers guests to imagine the STEM concepts behind Pixar’s films by shining a lamp on eight of the steps in the filmmaking process – modeling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering. The exhibition delivers an unparalleled view of the production pipeline used by Pixar’s artists and computer scientists, featuring more than 50 interactive elements.

To better understand the science and math that goes into creating the worlds and characters of Pixar’s films, guests will hear first-hand from members of the studios’ production teams. You will also be invited to experience distinct roles within the production pipeline through screen-based activities and physical interactive elements. Some of the activities included in the exhibition:

  • 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 like the 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. We don’t want code 2319.


Tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center:

Adult                            $16.50
Child Aged 1-2             $7.50
Child Aged 3-12          $12.50
Senior                         $12.50
CMC Member Adult  Free
CMC Member Child  Free
Museum for All         $2 per person for up to 10 guests and free parking for one vehicle with a valid EBT or SNAP card


Tickets to The Science Behind Pixar:

Adult                            $19.50
Child Aged 1-2             Free
Child Aged 3-12           $15.50
Senior                          $15.50
CMC Member Adult  $13.50
CMC Member Child  $9.50
Museum for All         $7 per person for up to 10 guests with a valid EBT or SNAP card



Cincinnati Museum Center parking is $6 per vehicle (cash or credit), $4 after 4:30 p.m. and free for members. Members can scan their Member Passes at the parking lot kiosk to receive free parking. Parking is free if the vehicle is in and out in less than 30 minutes.



It is CMC’s policy to provide the best customer service and reasonable accommodation for our guests with disabilities. We seek to meet all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Covid-19 Guidelines:

To protect your children and grandchildren who are not yet eligible for COVID vaccination, we are requiring masks for all guests. We have also trained staff in safety protocols and have put in place best practices for cleanliness and sanitation. Additionally, we have explored new ways for you to engage with our interactive exhibits in no-touch or mobile-based ways.


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1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati,OH45203United States
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