Wizard of Oz Exhibit Spikes Rockland Museum Admission Sales

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 7 months ago

The Wizard of Oz has become one of the most famous films of all time.

Pieces from the world’s largest collection of its kind are now on display at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

“The exhibition which is “The Wonderful World of Oz” from the collection of Willard Carroll of Tom Wilhite is an exhibition that really highlights all of the many diverse aspects the influence of the Wizard of Oz has had on American society,” said David Troup, communications director at the museum.

Carroll lives in Camden and he started collecting anything Oz when he was a little boy.  His collection contains over 100,000 items.

“From the actual hour glass used in the movie, to the dress worn by Judy Garland during the two weeks of testing for the film, to the last remaining costume from the film itself, which is one of the wonderful munchkin costumes from the Lollipop Guild,” said Troup.

“I didn’t realize going through the exhibit there was so many books and stories leading up to it,” said Spencer Stonemetz, a York resident.

The movie is celebrating 75 years, making it perfect timing to be on display here in Rockland.

“So, we’re seeing the Wizard of Oz on tv, in ads throughout. This is the only exhibition featuring selections from the movie that’s taking place in country at this time,” said Troup.

People here seem to be loving it.

“Our admission numbers increased by over 70% in the month of December over last year.  It’s the wonderful yellow brick road that’s leading right to the small town of Rockland, right here in Maine,” said Troup.

The exhibition runs through March.

Willard Carroll will be at the museum Thursday.

They’ll be playing an hour-long radio broadcast from 1950 of the Wizard of Oz.

If you’d like more information on the exhibition click here.


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