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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

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For Adults

We offer a variety of programs for adults and 50+!  From speakers to Matinee at the Museum, to art classes and Lunch and Learn program.  Please check our calendar for upcoming events and visit jcprd.com to register online!

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

We offer a variety of programs for kids and families!  From Saturday Family Fun days to Retro Storytime, Kids' Night Out, art classes, storytellers, and musical performers.  Please check our calendar for upcoming events and visit jcprd.com to register!

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. 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. Siblings may attend. Standard admission prices apply.

KidScape Visual Checklist

"Becoming Johnson County" Visual Checklist

Host a KidScape Birthday Party

Museum classroom decorated with streamers for birthday party

Celebrate your child's birthday at the place where history and fun connect!  The Johnson County Museum is the perfect setting for a memorable birthday party for your child.  Enjoy unlimited time in KidScape and one hour in a private party room.  Bring your own refreshments and party supplies.  Saturdays fill up fast, so call to reserve your spot early!  (913) 715-2570

1 hr. room rental for 25 children and 5 adults - $150
Includes unlimited time in KidScape
Additional guests pay standard admission fees - $5 adults, $4 seniors (60+), $3 child

 

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. 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)

Pre-School

1950s mother reading a book to her four childrenRetro Storytime Fun! 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.  

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)

Elementary

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)

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.  The 1950s All-Electric House is a favorite stop, where children can compare and contrast their own home to a home from the past.  

K and 1st Grade

K-9 police officer kneeling with German Shepard Thank You Community Helpers  What is a community and who are the helpers? Learn about the real people who help in Johnson County. Play a cooperative game, do a craft activity in the classroom, tour the exhibit, and explore KidScape. (2 hours)

 

 

2nd Grade and Up

Antique trunk with white gloves, mystery objects, and clipboardsHistory Detectives Put on your white gloves and grab your clipboards! Use your observational and critical thinking skills as you evaluate a mystery object from the past.  Includes KidScape exploration time for up through 3rd grade and an exhibit tour showcasing local history. (2.5 hours)

 

 

3rd Grade and Up

Green fabric covered with green pom poms to represent tress, blue ribbon to represent waterCommunity Planners Challenge  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.  Includes KidScape exploration time for 3rd grade and an exhibit tour showcasing local history. (2.5 hours)

 

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. 
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

Wooden outdoor pavilion at Lanesfield Historic Site
                              Bring your lunch and eat at our pavilion!

For Scouts

We offer a variety programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.  We can tailor a visit to your needs - please call 913-715-2570 for more information.

Girl Scouts

Calling all Girl Scouts!
Have fun working towards your badge at the Johnson County Museum with our educational programs!

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 two hour program is available Saturday mornings or by appointment.  We welcome groups on No School Days!  The cost is $3 per Girl Scout.  Program must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.

Cost Per Person: Public Hours FREE, $3 for Farm Family program
How to register:  Call 913-715-2570 to schedule your troop.

For more programing options, click here

Boy Scouts

Calling all Boy Scouts!
Have fun working towards your badge at the Johnson County Museum 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

Colorful patch with KidScape logo and Johnson County Museum
KidScape patches available for purchase in our Gift Shop!

Lanesfield Plan Visit Form

Ready to plan your visit? Please complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Note: all programs are at the Lanesfield Historic Site.
We suggest 1 chaperone per 5 children (Pre-K and K), 1 chaperone per 8 children (1st grade and up)
ex. 123-456-7890

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