The Science Behind Pixar (originally called The Science of Pixar and sometimes called The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition) is a 10,000 square-foot touring exhibition which opened on June 28, 2015 at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. On January 10, 2016, it started a national tour to other museums around the United States. In 2017, a copy of the exhibition was created for touring in Canada.
The exhibition features 40 exhibit elements which demonstrate the production pipeline at Pixar. They are divided into eight sections, each one focusing on a step in the filmmaking process:
Sets & Cameras
Before entering the exhibit, visitors go into a theater to watch a five-minute introductory video. In the video, Pixar technical artist Fran Kalal and story artist Alex Woo briefly explaining Pixar's production pipeline. It also features Pixar characters Mr. Ray and Roz greeting the visitors and providing them safety precautions for the theater. Roz appears again at the end of the video to say that she will miss the visitors once they leave the theater.
Human-sized statues of some of Pixar's characters appear at the exhibit.
The tour is expected to last for ten years with limited tour availability beginning in 2021. Another stop will be at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, but the dates are currently unknown.
The introductory video is similar to the introduction video for Pixar in a Box.