The Wizard of Oz™ Children's Educational Exhibition
Miami Children’s Museum presents The Wizard of Oz™ Children’s Educational Exhibition. The Wizard of Oz traveling exhibit is a 2,500 square foot interactive exhibit that will invite guests of all ages to embark on a multi-sensory, cross-disciplinary exploration of the Land of Oz. As they discover the only licensed educational exhibit from Warner Brothers, they engage in a journey of discovering personal strengths and gifts using: literacy, visual, musical and performing arts, reflection on movie characters, values and strengths, investigating light and science, overcoming physical challenges and personal reflection and decision-making.
The Theatre Marque Entrance: Introduction to the Movie The marquee announces “The Wizard of Oz” and is surrounded by movie posters in the style of the posters used in the original movie release. The box office showcases a museum quality replica of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, one of the most recognizable images from the film.
Below are descriptions of the exhibit components.
Gale Farm: Farming, nature and illusion
The Gale Farm provides a glimpse into life on a farm that most children never see. Exhibits include Professor Marvel’s wagon, the Gale farmyard, and Dorothy’s bedroom. As in the movie, the Gale Farm and Professor Marvel’s wagon are portrayed in sepia-tone in contrast to the bright colors that will be revealed in MunchkinLand. This exhibit provides an opportunity for children to learn about illusions, tornadoes, farm activities, farm animals, where food comes from, and harvesting crops. Background music: “Over the Rainbow.”
Munchkinland: The arts
Leaving Dorothy’s bedroom, Dorothy and her guests find themselves in Munchkinland. This iconic setting has a whimsical feel that mirrors the movie’s art direction and style, letting guests know that they are “not in Kansas anymore.” The Yellow Brick Road is lined by rainbow-colored Munchkin houses nestled among colorful flowers. Each circular house hosts a different activity in this colorful and imaginative space. Background music: “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
Crossroads: Personal strengths and values
Following the Yellow Brick Road out of MunchkinLand, guests meet Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. The Crossroads area gives guests the opportunity to creatively explore and be introduced to new areas of intelligence, personal strength and courage…. through brain game, a mechanical heart and the courage craw.
Witches Castle: Physical challenges
As guests leave the Crossroads area, the Wicked Witch’s crystal ball alerts them to the fact that they are entering the Witch’s territory. Light streams through trees, illuminating the castle, while images of a witch on a broomstick and Flying Monkeys confirm that this is the castle of the Wicked Witch. Her castle stands behind a moat, and in the center turret is the Witch’s broomstick, just waiting to be captured by brave adventurers. Background music: Winkie’s theme song.
Emerald City: Light, Wonder and Science
Armed with the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy and her friends arrive in Emerald City. They discover a shining world of marvels and wonders, and a very human man who, while not a wizard, has wisdom to share with them. Exhibit guests will have the opportunity to explore Emerald City, and the science and marvels it contains. From the Wizard of Oz’s console and the Horse of a Different Color, to exploring the properties of light, this is a wonderful and fitting climax to Dorothy’s adventure. Background music: “The Merry Old Land of Oz.”
Created by Miami Children’s Museum and SPARKS, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Licensed images from the original 1939 movie only available through this Exhibit. The only Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensed and sanctioned traveling Children’s Museum Exhibit.
THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.