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There’s no place like the Wizard of Oz exhibit at Holland Museum

Posted at 3:17 AM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-24 03:17:59-04

HOLLAND, Mich. -- An "Oz"some exhibit helps bring the Wonderful Wizard of Oz children's stories to life at the Holland Museum Armory building, 16 W. 9th Street, now through Jan. 3.

Many people don't realize that Oz author, Frank L. Baum, actually wrote the book while vacationing at his Lake Macatawa cottage in Holland! Being  a huge Oz fan, I learned of this years ago and makes me love the story even more.

Now families can step into a 1500 square foot hands-on exhibit, that has the feeling of a pop-up storybook, while learning about science, art and history. The exhibit is free with paid admission to the Holland Museum.

Museum Prices:
Individual: $7
Senior: $6
Student: $4
Child under 6: FREE

*Free admission for museum members, City of Holland residents, Holland Charter Township residents and Park Township residents

The adventure begins with Dorothy's house on a farm where children can dress-up and role-play, seeing what life was like in that situation back in the 1900s. They will tend to the eggs, harvest corn and put together a farm animal puzzle, complete with sounds.

All that the Tin Man wanted was a heart in the timeless tale, right? All of this turns into a lesson about your heart beating, along with beeping and flashing machines. Along the way, kids will also encounter all of the other nostalgic characters that also come along with corresponding, interactive fun. Brace yourself, the Wicked Witch of the West also makes an appearance and needs the kids to help finish building her castle. Have no fear, Glinda the Good Witch will comfort everyone in her cozy reading nook.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day; Open on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day

In addition to this exhibit, Holland Museum will be hosting Inspiring Oz: Macatawa Park at the Turn of the Century, until Jan. 3, featuring what Lake Macatawa, then known as Black Lake, was like when Baum visited.