American Cruise Lines helps bring ruby slippers to the Smithsonian

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Dorothy's ruby slippers will head to the Smithsonian, with some assistance from American Cruise Lines. Photo Credit: Smithsonian

Demonstrating to its customer base that "there's no place like home," American Cruise Lines is the presenting sponsor of Dorothy's ruby slippers from the movie "The Wizard of Oz" in a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.  

American Cruise Lines has other ties to Washington: It is the only cruise line currently docking overnight in the city. The line in 2018 became the first in more than 60 years to dock in the capital, with a call from its ship the American Constitution.

Cruisers can book one of the line's American Revolution sailings along the Chesapeake Bay, which run from fall into December and then again in the spring. Or they can book the themed Colonial Christmas Cruise in December, which follows the same itinerary but incorporates holiday extras. 

Guests on one of American Cruise Lines' D.C. voyages already have the opportunity to tour the Smithsonian Museum, but guests will be able to see the new Entertainment Nation exhibition -- featuring those dazzling ruby slippers -- in fall 2022. 

The exhibit will feature "the iconic cornerstones that celebrate our values, experiences, heartbreaks, and triumphs -- illuminating what it means to be American," according to the press release.

"The Ruby Slippers hold symbolic and lasting meaning in American culture, representing our deep ties to our families and communities, no matter how far we roam," Anthea M. Hartig, the museum's Elizabeth MacMillan director, said in the statement. "We are so grateful to American Cruise Lines for sharing our educational goals and making the display of these magical shoes possible for generations to come."

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