The Origins of Oz

The Origins of Oz

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a children's story unlike any other. Enthusiastically embraced by young and old alike, author L. Frank Baum's beloved classic was the "Harry Potter" of its day. It has been adapted and re-invented by multiple generations and has inspired the most beloved characters and iconic pair of shoes in pop-culture history. But how did this classic tale come to be? Visit the locations that inspired Baum's Land of Oz, dig into his family's archival collection, and hear interviews with fans and historians as we share this heart-warming story of the man behind the classic.

The Most Famous Shoes in the World

Gathering around Dorothy's ruby slippers, visitors to the National Museum of American History feel a personal attachment to the Wizard of Oz.