Oz Museum in Wanego Kansas


The Wizard of Oz is a book & a 1939 movie propelled by magic & adventure & anchored in a search for identity. The 4 main characters – Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, & the Cowardly Lion – already have within themselves what they seek. It takes time & effort & their collective & mutual support to realize their innate abilities.

So how did it all get started? Well, as Dorothy says, “there’s no place like home”. What words could be more appropriate when describing the dream of a small community that literally built a museum out of a rainbow’s notion? It took the brains of a small group of leaders, the heart for what L. Frank Baum began in 1900 as a simple children’s book, and the courage to take on the task of constructing a home for over 2,000 artifacts dating from 1900 to present day.