Tracing the growth of the “The Wizard of Oz” phenomenon, exploring its global appeal, and illustrating its influence on popular culture are aims of a new temporary exhibit opening June 1 at the Johnson County Museum.
Expanding Oz is the name of this new exhibit, which ties into the 80th anniversary of the beloved 1939 MGM movie, the 100th anniversary of L. Frank Baum’s death, and the Theatre in the Park’s production of the play as part of its 50th summer season. Hundreds of objects and images, most from the vaults of a local private collector, will be featured. Officials anticipate about 30,000 people will visit this family-friendly exhibit during its five-month run that ends Nov. 2.
“What started with one juvenile book has become a major book series, several major motion pictures, stage productions and Broadway Musicals, cartoon, and television series,” said Museum Director Mindi Love. “It is worldwide, it is multi-lingual, it is multi-media, and it is not just of interest to children.”
Several programs which tie into the temporary exhibit are being planned, including a Wizard of Oz Tea Party and Fashion Show on July 19 and 20.
Exhibit admission is included with regular museum admission rates of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. The museum, which is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is not open on Sunday.
For more information about the museum or the Expanding Oz exhibit, go to jcprd.com/762/About-The-Museum.