The OZ Museum
What words could be more appropriate when describing the dream of a small community that literally built a museum out of a rainbow's notion? It took the brains of a small group of leaders, the heart for what L. Frank Baum began in 1900 as a simple children's book and the courage to take on the task of constructing a home for over 2,000 artifacts dating from 1900 to today.
The OZ museum was built with a major grant from the State of Kansas and the generosity of the people of this small community, who also provided thousands of hours of volunteer time. The museum houses more than just memorabilia from the famous 1939 MGM musical starring Judy Garland! It encompasses earlier silent films, one of which starred none other than Oliver Hardy (Laurel and Hardy fame) as the Tin Man as well as "The Wiz" starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
The OZ Museum offers everything imaginable from the earliest Baum books and OZ Parker Brothers board games to today's collectibles that can be purchased in Auntie Em's Gift Shop.
The OZ Museum is dedicated to ALL things OZ. It is a treasure trove of delight and wonder and thrills visitors young and "young at heart."
I really wanted to love it here, but I was pretty under impressed. I felt they could have had a better T-shirt selection. I didn't pay for the "behind the door" tour but they said most things were just collectables and only a few things from the actual movie itself. Also, even the town, I feel like, could have been more Ozed up. Could barely find "The yellow brick road" and it wasn't even very yellow. For a town that prides itself on being the Wizard of Oz, I expected a lot more.
This is a gem off the road. I found it very interesting and I'm not a great movie fan of Oz. My wife and kids loved it as well. We spent an hour there. Lots of facts!
A very detailed and interesting museum. I learned a lot about The Wizard of Oz and its legacy. Worth the trip!
While moving cross country this was a surprise stop for our daughter Alli who is a huge Wizard of Oz fan. She loved it! It was our best stop in over 2400 miles of driving. Great exhibits and an awesome staff. Reece was especially great interacting with our daughter.
Cute little museum loaded with memorabilia. Staff was super friendly. Great day trip to Wamego!