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."
It was something my family and I enjoyed as small children. For years we watched it in black and white and it was like magic the first time we saw it in color. Being there brought back wonderful memories.
Was on my way back from a cross country trip and was looking for unique places to stop. I was not disappointed! From the sweet shopping to the movie playing, it was all great.
Adorable museum! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. So many cool movie props and information, plus they play the movie. Before you go inside the exhibit be sure to step inside the tornado simulator! It’s definitely a trip to another land!
Good material for Oz fans to enjoy. Covers more than the 1939 Judy Garland movie: also includes the original Baum books, early Broadway productions, material from the later derivatives: Wiz, Wicked, etc. Took us about an hour to go through. Could have spent longer, but the non-Oz fans in the group didn't find it nearly as diverting. The younger ones in particular lost interest quickly.
Stopped here on the way to Iowa and was not disappointed. They have a huge selection of The Wizard of Oz memorabilia everything from bookmarks, cups, apparel, books and souvenirs. Take the tour to learn about the history of The wizard of Oz and don't forget to take a camera!