Grand Rapids, Minnesota: Judy Garland Museum

The museum is next Judy's childhood home, restored to what it looked like in the 1920s. Displays the carriage that brought Dorothy to the Emerald City and one of her test dresses. Ruby slippers were stolen in 2005. Large Judy Garland Birthplace sign out front, and some head-through-a-hole photo ops.
2727 S. Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids, MN
South edge of town, on the west side of US Hwy 169, just south of 25th St. and across the highway from a Home Depot.
Summer daily 10-5, off-season Sa-Su 10-5. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Inside the museum/home, 1920s decor.

Judy Garland Museum

A pair of Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" have been found 13 years after they were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum. The break in the case came in the summer of 2017 when a Grand Rapids police detective received information leading to connections outside of Minnesota. The FBI was consulted, and they took over the investigation. In the summer of 2018 the slippers were recovered in Minneapolis. They are currently in the possession of the FBI.

[Julie, 09/10/2018]

Sept. 2019: Photo added.

Childhood home.

Judy Garland Museum

Garland's brief childhood home. An interesting 45 minute exhibit, with some items donated by her kids. A pair of Dorothy's (for real) ruby slippers on display were stolen from here. Speculate on where they might be and who might have benefited and why.

[alan dahline, 06/11/2008]

Sept. 2019: Photo added.

Judy Garland's Childhood Home

The ruby slippers were stolen so they are no longer there. The slippers, original from the movie, were on loan to the museum when they were taken.

[Sara Tezel, 09/17/2006]
Judy Garland's Childhood Home

Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids, MN in a home that is now displayed on the south side of town next to the Country Inn Motel. There is also a Yellow Brick Road in her honor located at the Central School, downtown. They currently have on display one of the last remaining pairs of ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz movie until Labor Day.

[Nicole Johnson, 09/02/2005]

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