Museum makes 'Wizard of Oz' pop-up adventure
Check out this story by our colleague Mary Jane Park on the new interactive exhibit that opened Saturday at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. You will learn little-known history (like that Dorothy wore silver shoes in the book, not ruby slippers) in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" story presentation, which includes 10-foot-tall pop-up books that blend entertainment and education geared to children ages 4 to 12.
Each major character has its own "book" and begins, as did the 1900 volume, with a black-and-white area, then moves to color once a tornado carries Dorothy from Earth to the Land of Oz.
A representation of Dorothy's house, for example, demonstrates farm life in the early 20th century, including collecting and counting eggs, growing and harvesting corn and putting together an animal puzzle complete with sounds. The tornado feature shows characteristics of a vortex, allows participants to spin tops and demonstrates the storm's destructive force. In the Land of Munchkins, participants learn about tolerance and acceptance of personal differences.
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" runs through Dec. 31, and if you are wondering why the history museum has it, aside from the fact that nearby Great Explorations Children's Museum created the traveling exhibit, accompanying displays will reflect events that took place in St. Petersburg during the Oz time span.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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PHOTO: Great Explorations’ Kate Griffin attaches a scarecrow’s arm at the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” exhibit at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. And at right, the Tinman.
[Photos by MELISSA LYTTLE | Times]