Meet an international leader in animatronic figures at SBC Museum — Garner Holt

By on July 12, 2018
San Bernardino County Museum

The internationally recognized leader in the design and manufacture of animatronic figures, show and ride systems, show action equipment, special effects, sets, and scenery, Garner Holt, will greet visitors, provide insight into animatronics and sign posters available for purchase at the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum on Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. His inspiring story of creativity and scientific innovation is a new SBC Museum exhibit, “Mechanized Magic: 40 Years of Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino County.”

Holt’s life in animatronics was inspired when he saw Disneyland’s “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” show, featuring an animatronic version of the 16th president when he was only 14 years old. Finishing high school at age 16, Holt then founded the company that bears his name in his hometown of San Bernardino. Now, 40 years after its founding, Garner Holt Productions is the international leader in the design and manufacture of animatronic figures, show and ride systems, show action equipment, special effects, sets, and scenery.

“’Mechanized Magic’ brings to the Museum just a few of the astonishing pieces conceived and built by the fantastic creative and technical team at Garner Holt Productions,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “This company would not have been possible except for the creativity and tenacity of young Garner Holt, and the willingness of his parents to let him take over the family garage in the 1970s. This public appearance is an opportunity for visitors to meet him in person and learn more about this local story.”

“Mechanized Magic: 40 Years of Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino County” and the SBD Museum’s exhibits of various regional cultural and natural history along with the Museum’s other exciting events and programs are part of and reflect the effort by the SBC Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children aged 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum or call 909-798-8605.