The Johnson County Museum began as an all-volunteer organization in 1967 with the mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Johnson County with its community. Originally located in Shawnee in the 1,500 square foot 1927 Greenwood School, the museum expanded at the site to a 20,000 sq. ft. facility.
The museum will celebrate its 50th year in its new home at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in 2017, and for the first time, charge an admission fee. The museum has been recognized over 20 times for excellence in exhibitions, programming and publication by national, regional and state organizations. The museum offers exhibitions, school, youth and Scout programming, family and adult programs, film and lecture series, as well as tours of the museum’s exhibitions and permanent collections. The Johnson County Museum also operates the Lanesfield School Site in Edgerton, KS.
The museum came under the management of Johnson County Park and Recreation District in 2016. The Museum Advisory Council, appointed by the Johnson County Commission, oversees the museum’s collection program and the Johnson County Museum Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization raises private funds to support the museum initiatives. A staff of six full-time and four part-time employees, with the help of over 50 community volunteers, oversees day-to-day museum operations.
Metal Detecting at Johnson County Museum Properties
Metal detecting is not permissible on Johnson County Museum properties. Metal detectors should not be used on any historic archaeological sites or at any human burial locations as these areas are protected by state and federal laws. Questions may be directed to the Museum Director at 913-715-2550. Thank you for your cooperation.