Dorothy. The Yellow Brick Road. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion. The Emerald City. Toto. The Wicked Witch of the West. The Poppy Field. The Munchkins. Glinda, the Good Witch. In the history of twentieth-century American literature and entertainment, there are no better-known or more indelible and influential images than these.
L. Frank Baum published “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in 1900, and since that time the book has never been out of print: It’s spawned 39 sequels, five silent movies, innumerable stage productions (the first in 1902, and now including “The Wiz,” “Wicked,” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Wizard of Oz”), radio programs, numerous animated films and television series, and perhaps the greatest movie musical of all – “The Wizard of Oz.”
Translated into virtually every language of the world, the story and characters have appeared on countless products and merchandise, from peanut butter jars and lunch boxes to postage stamps and Christmas ornaments. There are more than 2,500 active members of the International Wizard of Oz Club, and three times a year US gatherings of “Oz” fans draw upwards of 75,000 visitors.
For anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting Oz, the Museum will draw upon its more than 50,000 pieces to present an unparalleled view of Baum’s beloved creations and their influence on our popular and literary culture.