Mayborn Museum Hosts Special “Wizard of Oz” Exhibit

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    The special Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit will open at the Mayborn Museum on Saturday, Jan. 28.
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    The exhibit takes visitors on a journey through the different settings in the film. (Courtesy photo)
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    Interactive activities provide physical and mental challenges for visitors. (Courtesy photo)
Jan. 25, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 25, 2017) – “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to the Mayborn Museum Complex, which will host the special traveling Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit from Saturday, Jan. 28, until Sunday, May 7.

The exhibit will be in the Thomas E. and Emilyne Weed Anding Traveling Exhibition Gallery at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S. University Parks Drive.

The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit was created by the Miami Children’s Museum in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. After its Miami debut, the exhibit traveled to Boston, New York, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.

“This whimsical exhibit is the perfect blend of imagination and education that encourages children to be life-long learners,” said Charles Walter, director of the Mayborn Museum Complex. “We love to provide opportunities to combine open-ended play and directed learning.”

The exhibit, primarily intended for children between the ages of two and 12, features settings, characters and props from the film. Guests can travel from Gale Farm to Munchkinland, the Witch’s Castle and the Emerald City. Meet Dorothy and her friends, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man, while exploring the educational activities the exhibit has to offer, such as creating a tornado or playing at the kaleidoscope and prism stations. Finally, click your heels three times while reciting “There’s no place like home,” as you depart the Land of Oz.

“Obviously we want people to have fun, but I think the essence of the exhibit is that it encourages visitors to overcome challenges, just like the characters in the story,” said Rebecca Tucker Nall, assistant director of exhibits, communication and visitor services at the Mayborn. “There’s physical challenges, mental challenges. We want people to know you have what it takes to make it.”

Regular admission, which includes all of the museum and the Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit, is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for children. The exhibition is free to all Mayborn Museum members and Baylor students.

Visit the Mayborn Museum website for more information or call (254) 710-1104.

by Kalli Damschen, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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ABOUT MAYBORN MUSEUM COMPLEX

Located on the Baylor University campus, the Mayborn Museum Complex features a natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas, including one on the Waco Mammoth Site, and exploration stations for geology, paleontology, archaeology, and natural history. In addition, two floors of hands-on discovery rooms encourage learning for all ages. Visit the museum online at www.baylor.edu/mayborn.

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