Inspired by the book and the movie, the OZ Museum in Wamego, Kansas brings the magic and adventure of The Wizard of Oz to life. It is home to exclusive exhibits with unimaginable sights, collectibles, and an enchanting experience for all ages.
The Wizard of Oz has appealed to people for generations and has quite a cult following. The OZ Museum caters to this epidemic with room after room of artifacts, history, rare showpieces, and seasonal exhibits. Stroll through costumes, movie sets, toys, and other donations for a glimpse into the story that has transcended generations.
Housing artifacts from 1900 to the present day, The Oz Museum has been inspiring the small community of Wamego, Kansas since it was built. A significant grant from the State of Kansas and donations from the community helped this project take shape. Volunteers helped with the heavy lifting and the museum today still operates on the generosity of donors and the loyalty of fans to create its collections of toys and exhibits.
On display, visitors can learn historical facts about the movie and actors. They can follow the Yellow Brick Road through pieces such as the 1939 musical starring Judy Garland, or the Diana Ross and Michael Jackson remake, “The Wiz.” The first edition of the book by L. Frank Baum is also among the current most collectible pieces.
The adventure comes to life with hand jeweled ruby slippers, covered in 3500 Swarovski crystals to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the movie. The Haunted Forest sign warns guests to turn back, and the doors and windows from the munchkin house used in The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz entice all fanatics.
Creative character masks like flying monkey masks and a Woozy Doll made by the author of the book add a personal touch, and movie memorabilia, posters, and autographs make the collection valuable.
Rare artifacts like production notes, a death certificate signed by the Munchkin Coroner, and Ray Bolger’s passport are jaw-dropping and can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
The OZ Museum hosts events throughout the year such as OZtoberFest, which brings Oz-lovers from around the world together for live music, costume contests, food, and arts and crafts. Local participants feature a variety of Oz-themed food and drinks. Wines names Squished Witch and Drunken Munchkin made an appearance this year alongside a Mexican-style menu with entrees like Auntie Em’s Nachos. It’s a massive festival enjoyed by historians, authors, and fans alike.
The Oz Winery is right around the corner and is home to wines named after Oz themes such as “Home,” “Oil Can,” “Lion’s Courage,” and “Bust My Bubbles.” Tastings take place daily and include two free samples. Wine Flights and by-the-glass purchases are available as well. Purchase cheese from the deli case or gourmet chocolate to pair with a tasting.
Reserved tastings add some sophistication to an Oz weekend with a private room and wine paired with cheese and chocolate. For groups of eight to ten, the Oz Winery offers an experience like no other. For an additional cost, add hors-d'oeuvres to the tasting, prepared by co-owner and certified pastry chef, Brooke.
Celebrate a special event for any Oz lover with an after-hours party for up to fifty guests. This space adds flair to any private party or fundraiser.
Known for their cinnamon rolls, the Friendship House is a great place to eat in Wamego. They have daily brunch specials, excellent service, and homemade plates like biscuits and gravy or brisket. Family-friendly and cozy, this neighborhood gem is a perfect way to round out a visit to the OZ Museum.
Paramour Coffee is an Artisan roastery offering locally roasted beans. Operated by a local coffee expert, this coffee house pours the best cup of coffee around. Relax, energize, and prepare for an overload of Oz.
The museum store boasts fun items like magnets, tee shirts, and signs, all with fun, adult-themed sayings. Some of these include things like, “Are you a good witch or a bad witch,” “99 problems but a witch ain’t one,” and a shot glass that reads, “Allergic to water.”
Other items available include books about the history of Oz, a book by Kristen Chenoweth, who starred in the Broadway musical, Wicked, and children’s books. There is something fun for everyone to take home in the museum store.
Whether you’re a fanatic or you’ve only heard the most famous movie saying, you’ll enjoy this glimpse into an icon of cultural history. Click those ruby slippers and repeat after me: there's no place like home.
The Oz Museum 511 Lincoln, Wamego, Kansas 66547, website, Phone: 785-458-8686