OZ Museum

OZ Museum Celebrating all things Oz!
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Come & explore over 100 years of OZ history, from 1st edition L. Frank Baum books to the most current collectible pieces. Shop the OZ Museum gift shop for everything from exclusive apparel to water globes and other unique souvenirs! Admission Prices: Adult (13 and up): $9.00 Child (3-12): $7.00 2 and under: FREE We offer discounts with military IDs, college IDs, and Groups with at least 15 members. Residents of Pottawatomie County, KS also will receive a discounted rate (please call). Discounted rates are as follows: Military Adult: $7.00 Military Child: $5.00 College ID: (cardholder only) $7.00 Group Adult: $7.00 Group Child: $5.00 We are only closed three days out of the year: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Easter Day.

Today we celebrate the birthday of our friend & author, Paul Miles Schneider! Have an OZsome day πŸŽ‚πŸ₯³πŸ“ΈPaul Schneider, Ruby...
11/06/2019

Today we celebrate the birthday of our friend & author, Paul Miles Schneider! Have an OZsome day πŸŽ‚πŸ₯³

πŸ“ΈPaul Schneider, Ruby Reception 2019

Did you miss out on OZtoberFest last month? Don't fret! John Fricke was in on the action & shares all the details you ma...
11/04/2019
OZ Museum

Did you miss out on OZtoberFest last month? Don't fret! John Fricke was in on the action & shares all the details you may have missed during the commotion that Saturday morning, here on our blog: https://ozmuseum.com/blogs/news/winkie

Thank you John!

#HappyBirthday to Charlene S. Baum, wife of L. Frank Baum's great-grandson, Roger S. Baum!  We hope you have a marvelous...
11/02/2019

#HappyBirthday to Charlene S. Baum, wife of L. Frank Baum's great-grandson, Roger S. Baum! We hope you have a marvelous day πŸ₯³πŸ‘ πŸ‘ 

πŸ“Έ Charlene & Roger Baum

10/12/2019
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It's that time of year again! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

Halloween is coming… πŸŽƒπŸ˜‚

In case you missed the Ruby Red Reception, the 2019 OZtoberFest Window Art Contest winner is... Imagemakers - Website De...
10/11/2019

In case you missed the Ruby Red Reception, the 2019 OZtoberFest Window Art Contest winner is... Imagemakers - Website Development! Hanah & Livy did a great job representing this years' theme, "It's All About The Shoes", what do you guys think?! πŸ‘ πŸ‘ 

A larger than life "THANK YOU" from our very own Dorothy Gale (Hannah Emery) for joining us in Wamego to celebrate the R...
10/09/2019

A larger than life "THANK YOU" from our very own Dorothy Gale (Hannah Emery) for joining us in Wamego to celebrate the Ruby Anniversary at OZtoberFest! We'll see you all next year!

Wamego's awesome new OZ themed water tower is in the running for "Tank of the Year".  Get those votes in and help get a ...
10/08/2019

Wamego's awesome new OZ themed water tower is in the running for "Tank of the Year". Get those votes in and help get a win!

Wamego's new water tank is currently in 4th in the voting for "Tank of the Year". Let's see if we can't make that first by the end of the day. Let's do this! Get out the vote.

http://tankoftheyear.tnemec.com

Happy OZtober, OZ fans! πŸŽƒπŸTo kick off #OZtoberFest, we're giving away an OZ shot glass to the first 50 admissions to the...
10/02/2019

Happy OZtober, OZ fans! πŸŽƒπŸTo kick off #OZtoberFest, we're giving away an OZ shot glass to the first 50 admissions to the museum on Saturday, OZtober 5th! πŸ’š See you soon!

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09/30/2019

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Who's ready for Oztoberfest 2019 this Saturday!!! πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ

Exactly eighty years ago this month, MGM’s THE WIZARD OF OZ first delighted audiences and critics – and packed theaters ...
09/20/2019
Facts with Fricke!

Exactly eighty years ago this month, MGM’s THE WIZARD OF OZ first delighted audiences and critics – and packed theaters – from coast-to-coast. One of the foolish legends that has developed about the film since the 1970s is that none of this was true! Join John Fricke as he corrects the myths and (as ever!) shares The Facts in this month’s video blog! https://ozmuseum.com/blogs/news/facts-with-fricke

Exactly eighty years ago this month, MGM’s THE WIZARD OF OZ first delighted audiences and critics – and packed theaters – from coast-to-coast. One of the foolish legends that has developed about the film since the 1970s is that none of this was true! John Fricke corrects the myths and (as ever...

Our newest piece of Wizard of OZ movie history will make its debut at Oztoberfest 2019!
09/20/2019

Our newest piece of Wizard of OZ movie history will make its debut at Oztoberfest 2019!

SNEAK PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN! At Oztoberfest 2019 the OZ Museum will proudly unveil a brand new piece of OZ movie history. New to the collection and filling this brand new display case will be a Winkie Guard spear and staff from the 1939 MGM classic. A perfect addition to the collection for the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz appearing on the silver screen. Come see it at OZtoberfest!

09/20/2019

OZ Museum is a non-profit organization currently seeking OZ Associates (FULL & PART-TIME AVAILABLE) who are outgoing & willing to become an OZ enthusiast! The OZ Museum specializes in giving guests a one of a kind experience immersed in the history of OZ and its linkage to Kansas. Employees will learn OZ history, gain local knowledge, be trained to open, close, & to provide exceptional hospitality.

If you have/can:

-A friendly customer service attitude - including over the phone
-Communicate with people in an open, helpful and engaging tone
-The ability to work with cash & cards for payments
-Availability Monday - Friday & some weekends
-Stock & record inventory as needed

Then you could have:

-20% off OZ merchandise
-2 tickets to the show(s) of your choice this season (The Columbian Theatre)
-Engaging work experiences & environment
-Career development & promotion opportunities!

Call us at (785) 458.8686 if you have any questions! You may also apply in person.

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09/19/2019

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Tinman has his eyes on a little something we're super excited to be unveiling this year at Oztoberfest 2019. (wink, wink) Be ready for a little sneak preview behind the scenes tomorrow!

Even the Wizard has to eat! Get registered for the BBQ contest through the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce and compete f...
09/18/2019

Even the Wizard has to eat! Get registered for the BBQ contest through the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce and compete for the title!

Love to cook some tasty BBQ? Or know someone who does? Test your skills in the Professor Marvel's Backyard BBQ Cook-Off at Oztoberfest 2019. Entry details available at Oztoberfest.com or contact the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce to enter.

We love our OZ characters!  So many happy pictures taken every year at OZtoberFest.  See you Oct 5th.
09/12/2019

We love our OZ characters! So many happy pictures taken every year at OZtoberFest. See you Oct 5th.

23 days til Oztoberfest 2019. The crew is getting ready! In addition to the awesome OZ characters at the festival, the The Columbian Theatre - Wamego, Kansas will be performing The Wizard of OZ on stage on OZtoberfest weekend!

We love the OZ costume contests at OZtoberFest! 9 categories with kids and adult divisions!  There's a full rundown at o...
09/10/2019

We love the OZ costume contests at OZtoberFest! 9 categories with kids and adult divisions! There's a full rundown at oztoberfest.com

CUTENESS OVERLOAD! The annual costume contests are always such awesome fun. Of course they're our first Oztoberfest 2019 trading card. "Share" in the fun and we'll see you on Oct 5th!

Show us those OZ shoes as we count down to Oztoberfest 2019
09/06/2019

Show us those OZ shoes as we count down to Oztoberfest 2019

Show us those shoes! We want to see your favorite ruby slippers, red shoes, or OZ themed footwear. Coolest picture posted this weekend scores a Oztoberfest 2019 prize pack from the OZ Museum.

We can't wait to see you again at Oztoberfest 2019
09/05/2019

We can't wait to see you again at Oztoberfest 2019

Somewhere...

Oztoberfest 2019 is one month away! We can't wait to see you. Link to the OZsome activities in the facebook event and at oztoberfest.com

Historian John Fricke on 80 years of the Wizard of Oz! πŸ’š John will be in Wamego to talk more on Oz at OztoberFest 2019 -...
08/31/2019
Celebrating 80 years of the Wizard of Oz with John Fricke

Historian John Fricke on 80 years of the Wizard of Oz! πŸ’š John will be in Wamego to talk more on Oz at OztoberFest 2019 - don't miss it! Check out his latest video on this marvelous occasion on our website: https://ozmuseum.com/blogs/news/john-fricke-on-the-80th-anniversary-of-the-wizard-of-oz

In this month's video, historian/blogger John Fricke recreates the excitement at the preview premiere of THE WIZARD OF OZ movie - exactly eighty years ago this month in Hollywood. (P.S. Don't miss John "in person" as emcee and speaker at the annual Wamego OZtoberFest, Saturday, October 5th!)

Have you seen this yet?! Go to Google, search "Wizard of Oz" & tap the Ruby Red SlippersπŸ‘ , then tap the tornado πŸŒͺ... How...
08/26/2019

Have you seen this yet?! Go to Google, search "Wizard of Oz" & tap the Ruby Red SlippersπŸ‘ , then tap the tornado πŸŒͺ... How fun?! 🀩

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08/16/2019

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Yass! Who's ready for Oztoberfest 2019

As a fan of the Oz Museum, you have access to an exclusive presale for CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Paper Mill Pl...
08/12/2019
Tessitura v7 - Paper Mill Playhouse

As a fan of the Oz Museum, you have access to an exclusive presale for CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Paper Mill Playhouse! Tickets go on sale to the general public next week on August 19, but YOU can purchase them RIGHT NOW. Click the link below or call the box office at 973.376.4343 to get your tickets today! Groups of 10 or more save 20% on tickets.

#DidYouKnow the Coroner from Munchkinland was once the shortest licensed pilot in World War ll? Meinhardt Raabe, the 4 f...
08/07/2019

#DidYouKnow the Coroner from Munchkinland was once the shortest licensed pilot in World War ll?

Meinhardt Raabe, the 4 foot 7 inch actor from Wisconsin, played the Coroner in the Wizard of Oz. Being just 2 inches short of the Air Force's requirements, Raabe joined the Civil Air Patrol as a pilot and ground instructor, where he spent 5 years of his life.

#DidYouKnow the "Surrender Dorothy" message written in the sky in the Land of OZ was actually written on water?Back when...
07/31/2019

#DidYouKnow the "Surrender Dorothy" message written in the sky in the Land of OZ was actually written on water?

Back when the movie was in production, the production manager used a hypodermic needle filled with dye to write the message. The message was then written in a tank of tinted and cloudy water to simulate the sky!

07/19/2019
Behind the Scenes with John Fricke - Part 4

Most WIZARD OF OZ film fans know about the musical numbers that MGM cut from the film before it was released. But are you aware of the invention that Kansas farmhand Hickory was to share with Dorothy prior to the cyclone? Did you know about the original montage of scenes that took Dorothy back to Aunt Em and Uncle Henry near the end of the movie? And have you heard about the many lines edited out of the Wicked Witch's role at the last minute? Our celebrated historian John Fricke talks about all of that in this month's video blog!

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It was five years ago that The OZ Museum enlisted award-winning author/historian/producer John Fricke to inaugurate his blog, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ.

Now, after more than one hundred written entries, he's also going to be coming to Oz fans everywhere in a brand new format!

Here is Part 4 of our 'Behind the Scenes' mini-series! Enjoy!

It was five years ago that The OZ Museum enlisted award-winning author/historian/producer John Fricke to inaugurate his blog, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ. Now,...

07/18/2019

#DidYouKnow that the oil from the Tin Man's can wasn't actually oil?

It was chocolate sauce! After finding out that oil doesn't show up well on film, the oil was switched out for chocolate syrup, as it was a darker substitute.

Come check out this article written over our merry ol' Land of OZ from Hobbies on a Budget! We had a great time with the...
07/12/2019
Visiting the Oz Museum - Hobbies on a Budget

Come check out this article written over our merry ol' Land of OZ from Hobbies on a Budget! We had a great time with them!

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 ... Read....

#DidYouKnow the "Horse of Different Color" in the OZ scene was actually covered in Jell-O?That's right! Everyone's favor...
07/11/2019

#DidYouKnow the "Horse of Different Color" in the OZ scene was actually covered in Jell-O?

That's right! Everyone's favorite color-changing horse was covered in red, blue, green, orange, yellow, and purple gelatin powder in order to create a vibrant color that would be caught on the screen. The only problem was keeping the horse from licking it off!

07/05/2019
Smoke Signal

This was an amazing show! We especially loved the green fireworks πŸ’š

πŸŽ‡Wamego went ... BOOM!πŸŽ†

07/01/2019

Come see the most spectacular fireworks show in the state! We, in the Land of OZ, are very excited to celebrate the 4th of July with you! Come stop in and say hi between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as we would love to see you!

Thank you to the Kansas A-Z for featuring our merry old Land of OZ!
06/26/2019
Kansas A to Z: 'Z' is for Oz Museum

Thank you to the Kansas A-Z for featuring our merry old Land of OZ!

WAMEGO β€” If you've ever traveled out of state and told someone you were from Kansas, chances are you've heard some of the many "Wizard of

06/21/2019
Behind the Scenes with John Fricke - Part 3

It was five years ago that The OZ Museum enlisted award-winning author/historian/producer John Fricke to inaugurate his blog, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ.

Now, after more than one hundred written entries, he's also going to be coming to Oz fans everywhere in a brand new format!

Here is Part 3 of our 'Behind the Scenes' mini-series! Enjoy!

- This month's addition to John Fricke's "Wonderful World of Oz" blog series takes us back eighty years to the sneak previews of the MGM WIZARD OF OZ movie in June 2019 -- and how the studio cut out and dropped twenty minutes of the film before it was released.

Come and see characters from the Land of OZ walk in Wamego Independence Day Parade this year! Everyone's favorite charac...
06/18/2019

Come and see characters from the Land of OZ walk in Wamego Independence Day Parade this year! Everyone's favorite characters will be marching as we celebrate 148 years!

This year is Wamego's 148th Annual Independence Day Parade! The theme this year is Freedom in the Flint Hills. We invite all people and organizations to submit a parade entry form to participate in this wonderful event. Parade entry forms with all the rules and regulations for the parade, can be found at our website; https://visitwamego.com/events/celebrate-freedom-in-wamego.

Don't forget about Wamego Match Day! Come on down to Iron Clad this Friday, June 7th to see us!
06/05/2019

Don't forget about Wamego Match Day! Come on down to Iron Clad this Friday, June 7th to see us!

Don't Forget to take a look at this months Curator's Corner to see what just got added to the OZ Museum! https://ozmuseu...
05/24/2019
Curator's Corner

Don't Forget to take a look at this months Curator's Corner to see what just got added to the OZ Museum!
https://ozmuseum.com/blogs/news/curators-corner

Gearing up for summer road trips? Get your motorcycle in shape and hit the road to the OZ Museum to see what your bike is missing! Experience the recently donated Harley Fairing with a stunning hand-painted OZ collage and an OZ license plate from Rev Keith Schaedel’s personal ride. Beautifully cre...

05/20/2019
Behind the Scenes with John Fricke Continued!

It was five years ago that The OZ Museum enlisted award-winning author/historian/producer John Fricke to inaugurate his blog, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ.

Now, after more than one hundred written entries, he's also going to be coming to Oz fans everywhere in a brand new format!

Here is Part 2 of our 'Behind the Scenes' mini-series! Enjoy!

Festivals, Fairs, and Fun! Make sure you check out this month's OZ activities! - International Wizard of Oz Club, Inc.
05/06/2019
Festivals, Fairs, and Fun!

Festivals, Fairs, and Fun! Make sure you check out this month's OZ activities! - International Wizard of Oz Club, Inc.

Oz-Stravaganza! the longest running and largest Wizard of Oz themed festival in the world kicks off the 2019 Oz event season in Chittenango, NY, the birthplace of Oz author L. Frank Baum. May 31-June 2 will deliver their 42nd annual festival. The whole community joins the fun from the All Things Oz....

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