VENUE RENTALS: The Hilbert Museum can be rented by arts organizations or Chapman University-connected groups for evening events with attendance of 120 or fewer. Contact hilbertmuseum@chapman.edu for more information.


  • EVERY THURSDAY AT 11am -- Tour of the Hilbert Museum led by founder Mark Hilbert (when available) and director Mary Platt. Free and open to the public -- no reservation necessary unless you are bringing a group of 20 or more (call 714-516-5880 to reserve for large groups).

 * Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m. — Animation Arts Lecture: Disney Legend (TM) Floyd Norman — FREE

NOTE: Because of the limited seating available in the museum, attendees must obtain a ticket in advance online, and bring the printed ticket to the event. Ticket link is below. FLOYD NORMAN began working at Disney Studios in 1956 as an in-betweener on Sleeping Beauty, the masterful animated feature overseen by Eyvind Earle. Norman was the first African-American artist to work at Disney on a long-term basis, and he went on to work on such classics as One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book. His talks are highly entertaining and packed full of Disney history and stories -- you won't want to miss this!  Presented in connection with our current "MAGICAL VISIONS: The Enchanted Worlds of Eyvind Earle" exhibition, which closes Oct. 13.   TICKET LINK

  • Sunday, October 7 at 4 p.m. -- CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE HILBERT: Pacific Symphony Woodwind Quartet — THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Stay tuned for future announcements of great music at the Hilbert Museum! If you’d like to join our mailing list, send your name and contact information (address, email) to hilbertmuseum@chapman.edu.

  • Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m. —- Animation Arts Lecture: Michael Giaimo, Art Director of Frozen and Frozen II

NOTE: Because of the limited seating available in the museum, attendees must obtain a ticket in advance online, and bring the printed ticket to the event. Ticket link is below. MICHAEL GIAIMO, acclaimed Disney art director of such hits as Frozen, Pocahontas and the upcoming Frozen II, will talk about how he was inspired and influenced by the legendary Disney artist Eyvind Earle (1916-2000), the concept artist of Sleeping Beauty (1959). Presented in conjunction with the current "Magical Visions: The Enchanted Worlds of Eyvind Earle" exhibition at the Hilbert Museum (closes Oct. 13). TICKET LINK

  • Saturday, October 13 — FINAL DAY of “SCENIC VIEW AHEAD: The Westways Cover Art Collection” and “MAGICAL VISIONS: The Enchanted Worlds of Eyvind Earle.” See these exhibitions while you still can!

  • October 14-26 — MUSEUM CLOSED for exhibition change.

  • Saturday, October 27, 6pm to 8 pm — OPENING RECEPTION for new exhibition, “Bay Area Scene Paintings.” Join us for light refreshments, live music, viewing of the new exhibition, and a chance to chat with exhibition curator Gordon McClelland.

  • Saturday, November 10, 6pm to 8pm — OPENING RECEPTION for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: Chuck Jones and the Making of an Animated Classic.” All ages invited! Enjoy hot chocolate and Who-treats while you view this colorful exhibition of original cels, drawings and historical material from Chuck Jones’s beloved 1966 animated half-hour TV special based on the Dr. Seuss classic.

  • Wednesday, November 14, 5pm — CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY’S WINTERFEST — Location: Attallah Piazza, in the middle of the Chapman campus. Admission: FREE. Chapman University lights up the winter night with the illumination of its Christmas tree, holiday forest and “Dee the Panther.” Enjoy live carols by Chapman and OCSA ensembles, an appearance by Santa — and there MAY JUST be an appearance by some grinchy green guy…you never know!

  • Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm — HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! Screening and Panel Discussion — Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University. Presented by the Hilbert Museum in association with Musco Center. Admission: FREE with ticket from Musco Center (GET TICKETS HERE). You know it; you love it: the original animated version of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! created by animation icon Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Loony Tunes), which first aired on TV in 1966 and has been a holiday staple ever since. Now, see it on the big screen at Chapman University’s beautiful Musco Center for the Arts, followed by a panel discussion featuring Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter and a film producer in her own right (Mrs. Doubtfire); Phil Roman, lead animator of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and chairman emeritus of Film Roman (The Simpsons); and Chris Bailey, animator (The Lion King) and animation director (Kim Possible; Oscar nomination for Disney’s Runaway Brain).

  • Saturday, December 1 at 7pm — Lecture and Book Signing: JEFF KURTTI: “TRAVELS WITH WALT DISNEY” — Jeff Kurtti is a leading authority on The Walt Disney Company, its founder and its history. He’s the author of more than 20 books, the writer-director of award-winning documentary content, and a respected public speaker. His book “Travels With Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World,” illuminates the fact that throughout his life, Walt was an enthusiastic traveler and tourist, visiting destinations throughout the United States and around the globe. Whether attending a premiere, supervising a film production, or simply vacationing with his family, Walt Disney was truly a citizen of the world, welcomed everywhere as an emissary of his good name, good works and good reputation. Kurtti will show seldom-seen photos of Walt on his travels. The book will be available for purchase and signing, along with other books by Kurtti — and they make the perfect holiday gifts for any Disney fan!