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OZ Museum – Wamego, Kansas

OZ Museum hosts a collection of over 2,000 artifacts from the stage, screen, and literary interpretations of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

When author L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, the story captured the imagination of readers and would continue to do so for generations. OZ Museum brings to life the characters and adventures that made Baum famous. Collectibles, costumes, props, scripts, and more greet visitors to the Museum. Reproductions and original objects highlight the various ways in which the classic story has been told. The history of the story and those involved in bringing it to life are highlighted through interviews and displays.

Notable objects include hand-jeweled ruby slippers, covered in over 3,500 Swarovski crystals, created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the making of the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland along with hand-painted characters masks from the same release.

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Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.