Get a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind these beloved animated films and their characters.

The Science Behind Pixar is an interactive exhibition showcasing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

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behind the magic

How infinity gets made

With more than 40 interactive elements, the exhibition breaks down eight steps of the filmmaking process—an unparalleled view of the techniques and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E!

When you think about it,
one elbow can do a lot of acting.
Especially if it bends both ways.
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Angles, numbers and physics (oh, my!)

Building character(s)

Toys that are alive. Scaring as an industry. Flying a beloved home with balloons. Learn what it takes to animate such wildly imaginative stories. From modeling and rigging to lighting and rendering, you’ll use videos, hands-on activities, and computer interactives to follow Pixar’s production pipeline and see how your favorite characters and settings are brought to life. It’ll give you a new appreciation of the biggest moments and subtlest details of your favorite films and characters.


This exhibition is not included in Museum Entry, and requires an additional, timed-entry ticket.

Adults and seniors: $14
Children (ages 3-11): $11
Griffin MSI Members: $7

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The Science Behind Pixar 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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