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One Tank Trips: Travel down the yellow brick road to Oz Museum

Museum offers tribute to all things 'Wizard of Oz'
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Posted at 5:00 AM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 08:08:15-04

WAMEGO, Kan. — For this week’s One Tank Trip, the crew traveled down the yellow brick road to the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas.

The idea for the museum started back in 1995 at the Columbian Theatre, where there was a “Wizard of Oz” exhibition. The event brought more than 12,000 visitors to the small town, which sparked the idea among residents for a larger tribute to the iconic film.

Today, the museum has the largest “Oz” collection in the world, available for public viewing. One of the newest pieces the museum has acquired is an authentic Winkie Guard spear from the 1939 film starring Judy Garland.

Located 112 miles from Kansas City, the trip to the Oz Museum took one hour and 40 minutes.

Tickets into the museum are $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 12. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Oz Museum collection
The Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas, is a tribute to all things “Wizard of Oz,” with the largest collection of “Oz” memorabilia in the world.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

Once visitors leave the museum, the downtown area of Wamego also is marked with the “Wizard of Oz” theme, with places like Toto's TacOZ and the Oz Winery.