Now Open in New York City! “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition”

Today, November 8, Disney officially opened “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” in New York City’s Meatpacking District, welcoming guests from around the globe to the 16,000-square-foot immersive pop-up celebrating the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. The exhibit runs through February 10, 2019.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Disney)

Mickey in Contemporary and Historic Art

Honoring Mickey’s 90-year impact on popular culture and the arts in all forms, the exhibition showcases more than 20 contemporary artists. There’s also a historic Mickey-inspired work from artist Keith Haring.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker poses with Keith Haring’s “Untitle (Mickey Mouse) at the reception for Mickey: The True Original Exhibition to commemorate Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Disney)

The pieces are featured in more than a dozen themed rooms, each designed to highlight a chapter of Mickey Mouse’s story. Along the way, guests will discover larger-than-life photo moments, including a replica of Steamboat Willie’s vessel, black-and-white immersive scenes from classic cartoon shorts, a reinterpretation of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney’s Fantasia, and a recreation of the 1990’s All New Mickey Mouse Club set.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition Mickey Mouse Club set. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Disney)
Art by Amanda Ross-Ho and John T. Quinn at Mickey: The True Original Exhibition (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Disney)

Exhibition details include:

  • Hello Mickey! Introduces the many facets of Mickey including his playful personality. Featured artists: Katherine Bernhardt, Ariana Papademetropoulos, and Michael Bosanko.
  • Iconic Design Shows Mickey, an instantly recognizable character and form, in a whole new way. Featured artist: Daniel Arsham.
  • It’s Black & White An entirely black-and-white world bringing Mickey’s comic strips and cartoon shorts to life. Featured artist: Brian Roettinger.
  • Ink & Paint Pays homage to the team of artists and painters in Disney’s legendary Ink & Paint department including photos from the book “Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation.”
  • Burst into Color A vivid, vibrant color room in honor of Mickey’s acclaimed technicolor debut, The Band Concert. Featured artists: London Kaye, Michael John Kelly, Amanda Ross-Ho and Disney artists Stacey Aoyama and John Quinn.
  • Sorcerer’s Way Transports guests to the magical world of Walt Disney’s masterpiece and Mickey’s first feature film: Fantasia. Featured artist: Oliver Clegg.
  • Mickey Mouse Club Celebrates the 60+ year legacy of the Mickey Mouse Club television series. Featured artist: Brian Bress.
  • Original Muse Showcases how Mickey has inspired artists around the world to create, reinterpret, and reimagine. Featured artists: Keith Haring, Tseng Kwong Chi, James Jean, Keiichi Tanaami, Tanya Aguiniga, PEACEMINUSONE, Javier Sanchez Medina, Tetsuya Nomura, and Oliver Payne.
  • The Collection  Illustrates how tactile, functional works of art bring Mickey into fans’ everyday lives. Featured artists: Darren Romanelli aka DRx and Shinique Smith.
  • Kenny Scharf’s Mickey Mouse-inspired cosmic cavern will also be on display and open to the public in Mickey’s Maker Shop. Exhibition tickets are not required for entry.
Actress Natasha Lyonne attends Mickey: The True Original Exhibition reception to commemorate Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Disney)

Fans will also get a glimpse into the Disney Archives collection featuring iconic Mickey Mouse inspired consumer products across the decades as well as the Academy Award® for the Creation of Mickey Mouse, on loan from The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

Mickey’s Maker Shop

The exclusive pop-up retail shop at Mickey: The True Original Exhibition carries special merchandise and offers customization. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Disney)

‘Mickey’s Maker Shop’ is a retail store offering exhibition-branded merchandise, select pieces from 90th anniversary ‘True Original’ Mickey Mouse capsule collections and custom products that can be personalized on-site. Fans can also shop limited-edition merchandise through timed product drops throughout the exhibition run. The shop is open to the public; exhibition tickets are not required for entry. Select exhibition and Mickey 90th merchandise can also be purchased online on

Interactive Displays

Exhibition sponsors have created interactive activations that engage guests of all ages. With the help of Google Home, attendees can join in a special game show with Mickey Mouse and his friends. Following the announce of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones – Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary Edition, Beats will continue to celebrate Mickey and his influence on music with listening stations and a photo gallery in the Exhibition lounge. Finally, Brooklyn-based and family-owned ice cream maker Ample Hills Creamery will share complimentary scoops of birthday cake ice cream from their Disney Mickey Mouse Collection.

If You’re Going…

Running now through February 10, 2019, “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 60 10th Avenue, New York. Tickets are available for $38 per person at Selected time slots already selling out; guests are encouraged to book ahead. The exhibition will not be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s.

For more on the exhibition and behind-the-scenes content, visit and follow @MickeyTrueOriginal on Instagram with #MickeyTrueOriginal.

Will you be stopping by the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York City? Let us know below! And remember if you can’t get there, you can purchase some commemorative merchandise online at shopDisney!


Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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