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Marceline, MO
Marceline Station - February 2017.jpg
The Walt Disney Hometown Museum, located in the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad depot.
Location 120 East Santa Fe Avenue, Marceline, Missouri 64658
History
Closed May 11, 1997
Rebuilt 1913
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Carrollton
toward Dallas or Houston
Lone Star La Plata
toward Chicago
Kansas City Southwest Chief
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Rothville Main Line Bucklin
toward Chicago
Walt Disney Hometown Museum
Established 2001 (2001)
Location 120 E. Santa Fe Avenue, Marceline, Missouri
Type Hall of Memory
Key holdings Walt Disney family memorabilia

The Walt Disney Hometown Museum is located in the restored Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Marceline, Missouri. Opened in 2001, the museum houses a collection of memorabilia from the Disney family's farm where they lived from 1905 to 1909 along with Walt Disney's return to the town in 1946.

Many of the items were donated by the family of Ruth Flora Disney Beecher, Walt's sister. Artifacts include personal family letters and photos, Disney's wooden school desk and a recording of him asking his parents about their life. The museum houses the only remaining components of a Disneyland ride to be operated outside of Disneyland, the Autopia. The museum also houses artifacts from the town's railroad history, including ATSF 5008, an EMD SD40 built in 1966.

In 2015, the museum launched a project to recreate the Autopia attraction that had operated in the Walt Disney Municipal Park south of town. The miniature car ride was donated by Disney when the attraction was dismantled at Disneyland. The town operated the ride from 1966 until rising insurance costs and a lack of replacement parts forced its closure in 1977. A single restored car is on display at the museum and was the centerpiece of a Kickstarter project to finance a $500,000 reconstruction of the ride, launched in July 2015.

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