Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz. In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy's magic slippers are silver; for the Technicolor movie, they were changed to ruby red to show up more vividly against the yellow-brick road. One of several pairs used during filming, these size-five shoes are well-worn, suggesting they were Garland's primary pair for dance sequences.
Object Name
shoes, pair of
Object Type
Date made
Garland, Judy
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
fiber, synthetic (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
fabric, felt (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 9 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 24.13 cm
Place Made
United States: California, Los Angeles
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Wizard of Oz
Motion Pictures
Popular Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
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Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:20:30 AM
One of the most historical, no scratch that, THE most historical item in history. Worn by the lovely Judy Garland, these slippers will always be the reminder to the hearts of millions that there is no place like home.
7/19/2013 10:32:41 AM
I Loved seeing these iconic shoes when I went to Washington. To see the same shoes from the movie made me look at the Wizard of Oz a new way for the rest of my life.
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