See the 'Science Behind Pixar' at the Museum of Science

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
The Science of Pixar opens at the Museum of Science, Boston, on July 26.

Be inspired by the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, with "The Science Behind Pixar,"a new exhibit opening July 26 at the Museum of Science in Boston.

The 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 Animation Studios’ award-winning films to the big screen.

Created by the Museum of Science, Boston 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 will learn about the filmmaking process through engaging 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 2018 release, Incredibles 2.

“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," said Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios. 

The cost of admission is included with Exhibit Halls ticket. All visitors, including Museum of Science members, must reserve a timed ticket for "The Science Behind Pixar" along with their Exhibit Halls ticket in advance of their visit. Capacity is limited to allow for safe social distancing, so it is strongly recommended that tickets are reserved at least three days in advance of a visit. Tickets can be purchased online at, 24 hours a day, or by phone at 617-723-2500.

For full details on how to plan for your visit to the Museum, visit