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The World in Miniature: Six Great Dollhouses from Around the Globe

The World in Miniature: Six Great Dollhouses from Around the Globe

It’s All in the Details

Ever since my childhood, I’ve been a little fascinated with dollhouses. There is something magical about seeing a slice of everyday life shrunk down into miniature. And the more details there are, the more magical it becomes. Here are five amazing dollhouses from around the world that are on my bucket list to see, plus one I’ve already seen.

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Beyond Ruby Slippers: Travel for the Wizard of Oz Fan

Beyond Ruby Slippers: Travel for the Wizard of Oz Fan

If you’re a fan of the classic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, you can plan an amazing road trip to visit related sites.

In Chicago, visit Oz Park.  Take a stroll through the park and you’ll be greeted by statues of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and everyone’s favorite, Dorothy & Toto.

Scarecrow Statue, Oz Park, Chicago

If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest, you may have seen a pin about an abandoned Wizard of Oz theme park in North Carolina.  Well, it was a theme park, and it is in North Carolina, but it is not abandoned.  The Land of Oz is a privately owned property that is under 24 hour surveillance. Those caught trespassing  will be prosecuted.  Fortunately, it is open to the public at various times throughout the year.

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Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain, NC

In Wamego, Kansas, there is the Oz Museum, which features a collection of over 25,000 Oz artifacts. Since the founding of the Museum in April 2004, several other small businesses with the Oz theme have opened, including the Oz Winery and Toto’s Tacoz. On the first weekend of October, Wamego holds its Annual OZtoberFEST, an Oktoberfest-type celebration with an Oz theme that typically features Hot Air Balloon Rides, Tallgrass Brewery Beer Garden, the Yellow Brick Road Bike Ride, and a local stage or music production.

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The Oz Museum, Wamego KS

A visit to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will afford you the opportunity to see one of the original four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the movie.  (Size 5!)

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Ruby Slippers, National Museum of American History, Washington DC

Chittenango, New York is the birthplace of Wizard of Oz author Frank Baum, and also the home of the All Things Oz Museum.  According to the museum staff, “All
Things Oz is more than a tribute to a book series; it is a fascinating trip through the life of its author, his wife, Maud Gage, and all the many experiences that shaped his imagination and his world.”  The museum also coordinates a yearly Oz-stravaganza festival.

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All Things Oz Museum, Chittenango, NY

Visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and you will see not only the stars for Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bloger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Frank Morgan (The Wizard), and Billie Burke (Glinda), you can also see the Munchkins’ star, which was added in 2007.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

After visiting the Walk of Fame, head over to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where you will see a memorial to Terry the Cairn Terrier, known to most of us as Toto.

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Toto Memorial in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

When you’ve finished touring all of these great locations, remember to click your heels three times and say, “There’s no place like home…”