Visiting the Oz Museum
Do you love the Wizard of Oz? Have you grown up watching the Lion, Scarecrow, TinMan, Dorothy and Toto journey through the Land of Oz as they followed the yellow brick road? Did you know that you can visit a museum full of thousands of pieces of Wizard of Oz memorabilia, walk on the yellow brick road and experience the magic of L Frank Baum’s classic story?
This post includes affiliate links. Thanks to the Oz Museum for hosting our family on our recent trip through Kansas. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.
Visiting the Oz Museum
The Oz Museum is located in the small Kansas town of Wamego, about 15 minutes off the interstate 70. You start your visit in Auntie Em’s Gift Shop; pass through the screen door and into the technicolor world of Oz. As you tour the museum you will view over 100 years of Oz history. Rare OZ artifacts such as original MGM 1939 movie production notes and props from the Broadway musical Wicked are also on display.
Take your time as you travel through the exhibits. Look closely as you tour the museum so you can absorb the amazing pieces of history and culture. You don’t want to miss the official death certificate for the Witch of the East that was issued by the state of Kansas.
The Museum is the result of the work of many local artisans and volunteers who have put in hundereds of hours decorating and designing the alcoves and exhibits. *So enjoy, appreciate and take lots of pictures, but please don’t touch.*
In the past few year, some of the Munchkins have come to the Museum and put their hand prints in the floor beside the theater where you can watch the Wizard of Oz movie on your visit.
Everyone has a favorite Wizard of Oz character. Who is yours? Are you a fan of the Tin Man? The Scarecrow? The Lion? Or the munchkins? No matter who your favorite character is, you are in for a treat at the Oz Museum.
One fan of the Wizard of Oz Museum was also a skilled quilter and created an amazing quilt that she donated to the museum for visitors like us to enjoy.
*While we were visiting, the curator showed us something special. Some of the actors from the movie have signed the quilt on the back. When you visit, ask the museum curator and maybe she will be able to show you this special bit of hidden history!
Totos Around Town
Totos Around Town features artwork from Kansas Artists on Toto statues located throughout Wamego. Each Toto was “adopted” by a local business, organization or individuals. There are 15 in all. Get a map before you go so you can make sure and find them all!
Stop in next door for some great tacos and Wizard of Oz themed interior. Toto’s Tacoz serves Fresh-Mex fare with big taste. Indoor, patio-style seating offers plenty of room for you to enjoy local favorites like Yellow Brick Burro’d, Tin Man Black Bean Burrito and Munchkin Tacoz.
Find the Oz Museum
Wamego, Kansas 66547
(Just off I-70 on Kansas Highway 99 on “The Road to OZ.”)
Have you ever visited the Oz Museum? Who is your favorite character that you would want to see?