Photo courtesy of The Oz Museum / Beth Howell Day The Wicked Witch's final moments, just one of the attractions at the Oz Museum.

Family Vacations: The Oz Museum

You won't need a broomstick, a tornado, or even ruby slippers to visit this museum in Wamego. Just step through the screen door of the old wooden farmhouse, where you'll be greeted by life-size figures of Dorothy and Toto. Other favorite Oz characters, such as the Scarecrow and Tin Man, are also in the museum, where thousands of Oz items from the classic children's book series by L. Frank Baum and the famous 1939 MGM production of The Wizard of Oz are on display.

A Munchkin vest, an original movie script, and a rare flying monkey fashioned from rubber with a chenille-stem tail are among the memorabilia from the movie that you'll find at the museum. Original costume sketches and first-edition books are on display, as well as Diana Ross's dress from The Wiz and merchandise tie-ins that coincided with the publication of each new Oz book. A well-stocked gift shop seems to have every item ever created in honor of the worldwide phenomenon that is Oz.

Oz Museum Information

Address: 511 Lincoln

Wamego, KS

Phone: 866/458-TOTO

Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Sat. and 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun.

Admission: $7 adults; $4 kids

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