Families visit state museum for Museum of Oz kickoff weekend

Emerald City’s Wizard makes an appearance at the Museum of Oz. Allen Wallace photos.

Columbia’s own yellow brick road leads to the South Carolina State Museum for the next month.

The Museum of Oz opened Saturday and will remain through Nov. 4, bringing the legendary land of the beloved movie based on L. Frank Baum’s novel to the capital city.

Countless little Dorothys were among the crowd for opening day, and found plenty of magic waiting. Giant inflatable legs outside suggest the museum itself might have landed on a certain wicked witch.

Those ready to see the wizard moved inside to find interactive Oz-themed arts and crafts, and a yellow brick road leading to the Magical Maze of Oz, where visitors make their way through swirling lights and a wind tunnel tornado to land beyond the rainbow.

More interactive fun awaits there, including Dorothy and her friends in person, and a chance to use the wizard’s very own machines to become the person behind the curtain (and have everyone pay attention).

“I talked into the microphone and the camera made me have a giant green head,” said 10-year-old Jeffrey Ewing after excitedly emerging from the maze with his family.

The museum’s technology also contributes to the adventure. The Wizard of Oz 4D Experience™ is playing in the 4D Theater, along with “Skies Over Oz” and “Halloscream Laser Lights” in the planetarium.

More information about Museum of Oz, including hours and ticket prices, is available at scmuseum.org.

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