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."
We had company all the way from Maryland and needed places to go + things to see that's "100% KANSAS" so we thought what's more Kansas then(the all great and powerful wizard of Oz) also one of the young ladies is a fanatic when it comes to the wizard of Oz! YES it was GREAT! We all loved it and highly recommend it to everyone. It's a fun little place & thanks a bunch to all the friendly people working here...
We enjoyed the Oz Museum. My mom and sister love the Wizard of Oz, so it was neat to see the memorabilia. The movie was playing in a little theater. There was a beautiful Wizard of Oz quilt. It was neat. Nice little gift shop.
Nice little museum. Worth a stop if you are a fan of the movie and/or books. Fun stop on our Kansas road trip. You could spend an afternoon if you read every sign, but it is a really small museum. I read that they have miniature flying monkeys used in the movie, but they are currently off display being refurbished (July 2017). They do have some of the munchkin costumes. I felt the admission was a little high for what was on display, but it was a fun stop.
This has been my third time through and the excitement I experience is the same if not more each time. I am huge fan of the franchise and love to re-live the walk on the yellow brick road. Worth the trip to see.
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We had such a ball here! My husband and I enjoyed combing through the displays of artifacts, which were so comprehensive and fascinating, and the kids loved the video displays, including the chance to watch the entire film, which most of them had never seen in its entirety. One great day in the Emerald City:) Ps- the nearby town of Alma was a real treat as well. Cheese factory, Main Street museum, and a nice public park and pool. Cool little corner of the world!