TIME movies

Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers From The Wizard of Oz Get a Rescue Fund on Kickstarter

The money will help help slow the slippers' deterioration

The Smithsonian Institution is turning to Kickstarter to help conserve Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers, made in 1939 for The Wizard of Oz musical starring Judy Garland.

The famous shoes, now nearly 80 years old, were gifted anonymously to the National Museum of American History in 1979. According to the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex that preserves more than 3 million significant objects, the ruby slippers need immediate conservation care and a new, state-of-the-art display case.

Thanks to Kickstarter backers, the Smithsonian Institution was able to conserve Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit in 2015, and now the organization is looking for more help to slow the slippers’ deterioration and protect them from environmental harm.

The page has already received $190,978 out of the $300,000 goal, from 3,470 backers, two of whom have each pledged $7,000 or more. Various rewards are on offer, depending on the amount of money pledged. Those who pledge $10,000 or more will be able to view the ruby slippers behind-the-scenes with museum experts, while they are being conserved.

Other rewards include a customized tour of the National Museum of American History, a pair of replica ruby slippers and a poster signed by the designer William Ivey Long.

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


YOU BROKE TIME.COM!

Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team