Clicking your heels and saying three times, Wamego, Liberal
A bronze statue of Dorothy greets visitors at Dorothy's House and the Land of Oz. Photo courtesy Liberal CVB
Interior view of the Oz Museum in Wamego featuring Dorothy's House. Photo courtesy Oz Museum
Glenda the Good Witch stands watch inside the Land of Oz in Liberal. Photo courtesy Liberal CVB
Visitors at the entrance to the Oz Museum in Wamego. Photo courtesy Oz Museum
511 Lincoln, Wamego, KS 66547; 567 E. Cedar, Liberal, KS 67901
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One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs
The Custom: Clicking your heels three times and saying, "There's no place like home."
Where to learn more about this custom? Wamego offers the OZ Museum and you can see Dorothy's House and the Land of Oz in Liberal.
Photo courtesy Oz Museum
WAMEGO: OZ Museum, 511 Lincoln. 866.458.TOTO. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission charge. ozmuseum.com.
LIBERAL: Dorothy's House & Land of Oz, 567 E. Cedar. 620.624.7624. Open Labor Day to Memorial Day, Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m. Admission charge. www.dorothyshouse.com/.
Photo courtesy Oz Museum
Home to one of the largest collections of privately-owned Oz memorabilia in the world, the OZ Museum is a bright, colorful stop on Wamego's main street.
Fans will start their journey in the sepia-toned Auntie Em's Gift Shop, pass through the screen door and into the Technicolor world of Oz.
The Yellow Brick Road continues past displays that feature L. Frank Baum, the Munchkins, Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch, Flying Monkey, Winkie Guard, Glenda the Good Witch, the Wizard, the 1950s, and MGM. Artifacts date back from 1900 to present day.
The museum also houses memorabilia from the famous 1939 MGM musical starring Judy Garland. It encompasses earlier silent films, one of which starred none other than Oliver Hardy (Laurel and Hardy fame) as the Tin Man, as well as "The Wiz" starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The OZ Museum offers everything imaginable from the earliest Baum books and OZ Parker Brothers board games to today's collectibles.
DOROTHY'S HOUSE & LAND OF OZ, Liberal
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Liberal got the idea for Dorothy's House when a local businessman was on a trip. When he told his waiter he was from Kansas, the waiter replied, "Kansas, that's where Dorothy's from." The businessman, realizing Dorothy didn't have an official hometown, brought the experience back and Dorothy's house was born.
Former Governor John Carlin recognized the house as the official home of Dorothy Gale in 1981. The public can tour the house.