Ruby Slippers and American Culture Displays

Costume shoes from 'The Wizard of Oz'

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz return to view as one of eight installations displaying American history through culture, entertainment, and the arts. For a few months, the red shoes from the iconic 1939 movie will be joined by Scarecrow's hat, worn by actor Ray Bolger. Other artifacts on view include jazz and classical instruments and cases for new acquisitions. A stained glass window from the Victor Company’s headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, featuring “Nipper,” the iconic dog listening to his master’s recorded voice, is the culture floor’s landmark object.

Two video displays titled “Virtual Landscapes” show a selection of video games that take inspiration from American cities and landscapes, both real and imagined, utopian and dystopian. The spaces feature seating areas with charging stations. See a preview: