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."
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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!
Was a nice stop. Allowed us to bring in our small dog as long as we carried him. Very friendly staff. Nice display didn't take but a half hour to see it. Was worth the trip. Kids were to young to understand because they didn't see the movie.
Talk about late entry...... myself and my daughter just watched the movie a week ago and she has now asked to go to Kansas. I told her 10yrs ago when I was traveling all over the USA going cross country and back. The Oz museum was one of the places I stopped at. It's great to see it's still running and all the raves reviews. A lot of time was put into it. Very interesting to listen to all the info too. Def will bring my daughter when I travel out that way with her.
coloradoan 4 christ
Absolutely so much fun & completely worth the drive off I-70! Wamego is an fun small town to see, but the Oz Museum completes the experience. The tornado simulator and gifts in the front of the museum is a good way to spend some time. The back portion, though, is where you could spend hours and hours learning everything Oz-related. Definitely want to return soon! Make sure you bring money, though, because you'll want to buy some gifts and there are ticket prices to get into the back half.
Loved this place! It had great historical things to see, all pertaining to the movie and Oz affiliates. Great artifacts and places to take pictures. The staff was knowledgeable and very friendly. Souvenirs were of great choices and not too high priced. I recommend this place for those that love the movie and all the characters. I spent about an hour and a half here with my family. Totally recommend. Also stroller friendly and has very clean bathrooms! =)