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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS 66217

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For Adults

Becoming Johnson County Exhibit Tour

Johnson County’s 200 year history is rich and varied; from the earliest Native peoples, to the civil war, to the population boom in the 1950s and beyond, our community has grown from just 4,000 to half a million people in 150 years. Several tour stops at key moments in our history will ask you to imagine and wonder about the past. The 1950s All-Electric House is a favorite stop, along with hands-on interactives throughout the exhibit. Tours leave from the reception desk every day at 11 am and 2 pm, and last one hour.  Groups over 10 must call to arrange a separate time.

Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour 

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson County Museum’s collections storage facility at the new Arts & Heritage Center! Led by museum staff, visitors will learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance to our local community. Our collection features over 17,000 3D objects and over one million images. The Arts & Heritage Center facility holds the museum’s two-dimensional collection, including manuscript collections, maps, photographs, and quilts. Scout groups welcome. Tour lasts one hour.

Admission (members): $4 per person

Admission (non-members): $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 children (1-17)

 

For Kids & Families

Visit KidScape, where you can play in the past! (Recommended for toddler through elementary age)

History comes to life in our kid-sized community! Experience life in the past through play as you explore over 3,500 square feet of buildings and landscape inspired by the history of Johnson County. Preschool through early elementary aged children will build a sense of place in our kid-sized rural, urban, and suburban areas. Explore an 1870s farmhouse and garden, a 1900s cityscape, and a 1950s streetscape complete with a diner. Other spaces to discover include a post office, city hall, hospital, classroom, theater, and a special hidden surprise behind a waterfall! We even have a soft play area for our youngest visitors.

Groups over 10 please call to schedule.

Hours: 10 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday
Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children (1-17)

Sensory Friendly Time

Our Sensory Friendly mornings provide an accepting atmosphere for our visitors who have sensory sensitivities. Experience the museum and KidScape with fewer visitors one Saturday a month from 9-10 am before the museum opens to the public. Social stories and visual schedules are available for you to print at home to help make your visit enjoyable and predictable. Once families enter in the morning they are welcome to stay for the day. Sensory Friendly Time pre-registration is required as attendance is limited to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participating. Siblings may attend. Standard admission prices apply.

One Saturday a month, 9-10 am

 

For Schools

We offer field trip experiences at our two sites, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park and Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton.

To make a reservation for your group, please fill out either the form for Lanesfield or the Arts & Heritage Center, or contact the Museum's Education Department at 913-715-2570 or email.

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

Visit KidScape, where you can play in the past! (Recommended for toddler through elementary age)

History comes to life in our kid-sized community! Experience life in the past through play as you explore over 3,500 square feet of buildings and landscape inspired by the history of Johnson County. Preschool through early elementary aged children will build a sense of place in our kid-sized rural, urban, and suburban areas. Explore an 1870s farmhouse and garden, a 1900s cityscape, and a 1950s streetscape complete with a diner. Other spaces to discover include a post office, city hall, hospital, classroom, theater, and a special hidden surprise behind a waterfall! We even have a soft play area for our youngest visitors.

Groups over 10 please call to schedule. 

Hours: 10 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday
Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children (1-17)

1950s mother reading a book to her four childrenRetro Storytime Fun! (Preschool) Remember The Little Red Hen? The Poky Little Puppy? You and your preschoolers will love the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1954 All-Electric House!  After the story, enjoy an art project for little hands. Classic books and coordinating art projects connect to our KidScape community themes and change every month. 

First Wednesday of every month, 45 minute session. We ask that parents stay with children. Can be booked as a field trip – call for details!

Admission: $6 per child, $5 per adult (includes admission to KidScape and the Museum exhibits)

 

Guided tours of our main exhibit are included with every school-aged field trip!
Johnson County’s 200 year history is rich and varied; from the earliest Native peoples, to the civil war, to the population boom in the 1950s and beyond, our community has grown from just 4,000 to half a million people in 150 years. Several tour stops for young children at key moments in our history will ask children to imagine and wonder about the past and what came before them. The 1950s All-Electric House is a favorite stop, where children can compare and contrast their own home to a home from the past.  

Hours: 10 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday
Admission: $6 per child, $5 per adult (includes admission to KidScape and the Museum exhibits)

K-9 police officer kneeling with German Shepard Thank You Community Helpers (grades K and 1) What is a community and who are the helpers? Learn about the real people who help in Johnson County. Children will have a guided tour of our main exhibit and play an active game to learn more! Each child will design a thank you card for helpers in our community to be displayed in our Arts and Heritage Center, then delivered to local helping agencies. Complete your visit in our KidScape community as you try your hand at some of their jobs on your own.

 

 

 

Antique trunk with white gloves, mystery objects, and clipboardsHistory Detectives (grade 2 and up) Put on your white gloves and grab your clipboards! Use your observational and critical thinking skills as your small group evaluates their mystery object from the past. Use primary sources and tools to look for clues. Think about then and now as you match your object to the modern equivalent. Includes KidScape exploration time for up through 3rd grade and an exhibit tour showcasing local history.

 

 

 

Green fabric covered with green pom poms to represent tress, blue ribbon to represent waterCommunity Planners Challenge (3rd grade and up) Who came before us? How do people make choices about where to live? Students watch the story of Johnson County unfold, then work together to create a city of their dreams! Working in small groups, students choose a mayor and plan roads, buildings, landscapes, and special places. Watch the population change at the end of the challenge. Includes KidScape exploration time for 3rd grade and an exhibit tour showcasing local history.

 

 

Lanesfield Historic Site

Lanesfield Living History Program

 

Grades: Recommended for Spring of Third – Fifth

Description: In this four-hour immersive program, students experience a day in the life of a child attending a one-room school. Students spend three hours in the classroom where they use slates and copybook, and recite their lessons to a costumed schoolteacher. At morning's end, the "noon hour" provides a time for dinner as well as games and stories from the beginning of the 20th century.
Fee: $130 per group. Limited to groups of 30.
Schedule: Year-round, Monday - Friday

Location: Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Rd. Edgerton, KS 66021
**Submit Class Registration Form: Online Registration
Teacher Materials: Living History Field Trip Information

George’s Story: Not a Bad Day After All - Historical Fiction Companion for the Lanesfield Historic Site

2017 Lanesfield Gift Shop List

Lanesfield Farm Family Program

Grades: Kindergarten – Third
Description: This program highlights an early 20th century farm day. Children experience life on the farm life, do chores, and enjoy lessons in the one-room school led by a costumed schoolteacher.
Fee: $3 per child. Teachers and chaperones free. Limited to groups of 60.
Schedule: Year-round, Monday-Friday.

Location: Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Rd. Edgerton, KS 66021

Teacher Materials: Farm Families Field Trip Information

George’s Story: Not a Bad Day After All - Historical Fiction Companion for the Lanesfield Historic Site

2017 Lanesfield Gift Shop List

For Scouts

Girl Scouts

Calling all Girl Scouts!

Have fun working towards your badge at the Johnson County Museums with our educational programs!

Program Name:  Lanesfield Historic Site Tour

Lanesfield

  Who:  All Ages
  When: Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m.. - 5 p.m..
  Where: Lanesfield Historic Site located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, KS 66021

  What:  Built in 1869, the school is the only standing structure from Lanesfield, Kansas. Girl Scouts can investigate what it was like to go to a one-room school in 1904. Gather some friends for a drop-in public tour and learn about rural life and education from a costumed tour guide.  This is a great tie-in for troops working on their” Playing in the Past Badge”, “Celebrating Community” Badge or the World of Girls Journey.   

  Farm Family - Brownies can expand their visit to the Lanesfield Historic Site and learn about farm life and chores. This one and a half hour program is available Saturday mornings or by appointment.  We welcome groups on No School Days!     The cost is $3 per Girl Scouts. Program must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.

Cost Per Person: N/A ($3 for the Farm Family addition)

How to register:  Call 913-715-2570 to schedule your troop.

For more programming options, click here.

Boy Scouts

Calling all Boy Scouts!

Have fun working towards your badge at the Johnson County Museums with our educational programs!

Tiger Cubs: the Johnson County Museum is a great resource to help you search, discover, and share!  Work towards your Tiger Cub badge for Achievements 1 and 2 by visiting the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton to investigate what it was like to go to a one-room school in 1904.  Drop in for a site tour, or gather some friends for the Farm Family program.  Lanesfield is a great place to Go See It and to learn about Where I Live.

If your traveling the Bear Trail, visiting the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton to investigate what it was like to go to a one-room school in 1904.  Drop in for a site tour, or gather up some friends for the Farm Family program.  Lanesfield School sits in its original location on the Santa Fe Trail and near a Bleeding Kansas skirmish site, exciting and important parts of American history.

Take an adventurous step towards earning your Scholar activity badge as a Webelos Scout by touring the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton to investigate what it was like to go to a one-room school in 1904.  One-room schools represent an interesting era in the history of education.  It is a great place to compare your school experience with those of students in the past, and to help you gain perspective on the value of an education for your Scholar badge.

For more programming options, click here.

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