Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Experience The Wizard of Oz Interactive Exhibit Opening September 25!
New Traveling Educational Exhibit on Display for the First Time in New York City
[From the Press Release]
NEW YORK – June 7, 2010 – The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) announced it will host The Wizard of Oz, the first licensed traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved movie classic, from September 25, 2010 to January 9, 2011. The exhibit will be on display for the first time in New York City. The Wizard of Oz is an adventure of self-discovery for the whole family, allowing children and parents alike to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz, where they will explore Munchkinland and The Emerald City and learn about science and the arts.
This interactive exhibit is a fantasy-adventure that takes children and families over the rainbow to celebrate a classic film that is over 70 years old. Along the way, visitors will experience the adventures of Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion as they overcome obstacles and discover their inner strengths. The exhibit features exclusive elements from the movie including Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, the characters everyone knows and loves from the film, and classic movie moments.
“The Wizard of Oz is a classic American film whose story resonates in the hearts and minds of children and adults everywhere,” said Andrew Ackerman, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Manhattan. “We are honored to bring the vibrant Land of Oz to New York as the exhibit complements CMOM’s focus on creating fun, interactive environments that encourage creativity in the arts and sciences. Just ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ to CMOM to start the unforgettable journey.”
The Wizard of Oz is composed of six areas that enable visitors to relive their favorite scenes from the movie:
- Marquee Entrance – Learn about the movie The Wizard of Oz and see Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers.
- Gale Farm – Get a glimpse of life on a farm by visiting Professor Marvel’s wagon, the Gale farmyard, and Dorothy’s bedroom. Learn about different animals on the farm, how a tornado works, and peer at optical illusions.
- Munchkinland – Experience the color and creativity of Munchkinland. Visit the rainbow-colored Munchkin houses, play with music tubes, create your own Munchkin person and build a rainbow with soft sculpture blocks.
- Crossroads – Meet Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion and overcome different challenges to determine your personal strengths.
- Wicked Witch’s Castle – Prove your courage and skill by climbing the mountain to the Wicked Witch’s Castle and capturing the Wicked Witch’s broom from Winged Monkeys.
- Emerald City – Explore Emerald City, experiment with the different properties of light and create special effects.
The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition debuted in Miami in 2009 and will be on display in many major cities, including Boston, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh. The exhibit was created by the Miami Children’s Museum and SPARKS, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
CMOM is a leader in creating and implementing innovative and engaging programs that reach a wide audience of children and families. The museum presents workshops, exhibitions and performances created by a team of professionals and scholars to provide educational opportunities that help children from diverse ethnic, economic and cultural backgrounds develop their minds during their most formative years.
About the Exhibition
The Wizard of Oz is on display from September 25, 2010 through January 9, 2011 at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan located in The Tisch Building at 212 West 83rd Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam.
The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition was created by Miami Children’s Museum and SPARKS, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
About Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Founded in 1973, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is New York City’s leading cultural institution dedicated solely to kids and families. CMOM inspires children and their families to learn about themselves and a culturally diverse world through unique interactive exhibitions. CMOM presents a full range of activities, exhibitions and special performances that stimulate children of all ages. Through multidimensional programs that reach deep into the community, the Museum serves New Yorkers from all backgrounds. For details on all of CMOM’s programs, please visit www.cmom.org or call 212.721.1223.
About Miami Children’s Museum
Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to reach their highest potential. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center and a 200-seat auditorium. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; KidSmart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. To learn more about the museum, please visit our website: www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
Be sure to visit
The Judy Room’s Spotlight on The Wizard of Oz
for details about the making of the film with fun multi-media!