Cincinnati Museum Center extends The Science Behind Pixar exhibition

Come face-to-face with Buzz, Dory, Mike, Sulley and WALLE through summer

CINCINNATI – Everybody loves Pixar. They love Woody and Buzz, Mike, Sulley, Lightning McQueen, Dory and hundreds of others. That’s why Toy Story 2, 3 and 4 exist. And because everybody loves a good sequel, Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is extending The Science Behind Pixar exhibition, giving everyone more time with their favorite characters.

The Science Behind Pixar is being extended through summer, which means you can spend your summer just swimming, swimming, swimming with Dory, going to infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear and scaring up laughs with Mike and Sulley.

“The exhibition has been such a hit with guests of all ages but you can tell it clearly holds a place in the hearts of those people who grew up with these characters and these films. Now they get the opportunity to know them on another level,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “It’s the perfect way to round out the school year and to beat the heat this summer.”

To create the whimsical worlds of Toy Story, Cars, Inside Out, Brave, Coco and more, Pixar artists used a lot of imagination and a lot of science. The Science Behind Pixar puts you in the artist’s seat through eight interactive areas, shining a lamp on the Pixar filmmaking process. The exhibition delivers an unparalleled view of the production pipeline used by Pixar’s artists and computer scientists, revealing the STEM concepts behind modeling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering.

Through over 50 interactive elements you get a chance to:

  • 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 when 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 Pixar’s beloved characters

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The Science Behind Pixar is supported locally by Anne Drackett Thomas.

The Science Behind Pixar is funded through support by Google, members of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative (SMEC), Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized, award-winning institution housed in a National Historic Landmark. CMC is a vital community resource that sparks curiosity, inspiration, epiphany and dialogue. CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012, one of a select few museums in the nation to receive both honors. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Children’s Museum, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, Cincinnati History Library and Archives and the Geier Collections and Research Center. Housed in historic Union Terminal – a National Historic Landmark restored in 2018 and recognized as the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects – CMC welcomes more than 1.8 million visits annually, making it one of the most visited museums in the country. For more information, 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,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” “Coco” and “Soul.” Its movies and technology have won 40 Academy Awards® and the films have grossed more than $14 billion at the worldwide box office. "Luca," Pixar's 24th feature, is currently streaming on Disney+.

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