The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. One of its most prized possessions is found in the California History Hall – it’s an original animation desk hand-built by Walt Disney in 1923 and used in his animation studio set up in his Uncle Robert’s garage.
According to the plaque, Walt built this stand from an old packaging crate and a second-hand Pathé camera. He personally donated the stand to the museum in 1938, claiming that he had used it to film Steamboat Willie.
“When things began to look hopeless, I then got my cartoon thing out again. And I built myself a cartoon stand out of plywood boxes and any lumber I could pick up”
– Walt Disney
Address: 900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Visitor Information: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM)
900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007