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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS 66217

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COMING SOON: The Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center

The Johnson County Museum will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2017 in its new location at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, formerly the King Louie West Lanes and Ice Chateau.  The Museum will share the space with Johnson County Park and Recreation District programs, including the popular The Theater in the Park.  Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new chapter in the Johnson County Museum's history!

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Kidscape

Kidscape logoThe Museum is currently CLOSED to the public.  We will reopen in May 2017 in the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center with a bigger and better KidScape exhibit.

 

 

 

Lanesfield Historic Site

image of the introduction panel to the exhbit at Lanesfield Historic Site visitor centerJust Plain Simple: The One-Room School in Kansas

Visitors to the Lanesfield Historic Site can learn about the history of education in Kansas and Johnson County by touring this on view in the visitor center.  A rural educational system dominated small Kansas communities until the mid-20th century. Learn about the typical school day, the curriculum, and the role most schoolhouses played in the larger community. The lives of teachers and students are also featured in sections about boarding, the school day, and graduation. Visitors may also learn about General James H. Lane, the town’s namesake, the restoration of the Lanesfield School and see artifacts that survived the 1903 fire.

The limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Learn more about the school's history. Find details about field trips and education programs at the site.

Adjacent to the Lanesfield Historic Site, on property owned by Kansas City Power & Light, is a large picnic shelter and a short nature trail with an observation tower that visitors can explore.

Hours
Friday & Saturday: 1:00-5:00 p.m. and by appointment. Call 913.715.2570 to schedule
Admission
FREE
Location
18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton, KS 66021 - Map
Contact
ph: 913.893.6645

portrait of James H. LaneLearn more...

about the connection between General and U.S. Senator James H. Lane to the townsite of Lanesfield, listen to 10:45 minutes - Listen Now this podcast created in conjunction with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Narrated by John Berry with Stephanie Clayton, former site manager of Lanesfield Historic Site, and James Lane biographer Jim Collins.

The Lanesfield podcast was supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas. Find out more at www.kansashumanities.org.

Modernism Driving Tour

Johnson County Museum's award-winning temporary exhibit, What Is Modernism? was on display at the museum from November 21, 2014 until January 2, 2016.  The exhibit garnered many accolades, including the Kansas Museums Association's 2015 Award of Excellence.  While the exhibit is no longer on display, you can still use the map below to take our What Is Modernism? driving tour of Johnson County.

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Museum Exhibits: Online

Margot PeetWith Grace and Wit: The Paintings of Margot Peet - The Johnson County Museum of History presented this exhibition With Grace & Wit: The Paintings of Margot Peet, 1903-1995 from May 15 - August 22, 1999. Johnson County, Kansas, is a part of the Metropolitan Kansas City area.

Overland TrailOverland Trails: Focus on Johnson County - Focus on Johnson County was originally developed to complement the California Exhibition Resources Alliance traveling exhibit Overland: The California Emigrant Trail of 1841-1870.
 

South ParkSouth Park: One School's Integration Story - In partnership with South Park Elementary School, the Johnson County Museum created this exhibition recounting the 1948-49 struggle for equal education at South Park. Their efforts resulted in the integration of schools in Northeast Johnson County -- five years before the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. The exhibit was dedicated in 2002 at South Park Elementary; when the school closed, the exhibit was moved to the new school Merriam Park Elementary where it remains on view. The online version is an exact replica.

Seeking the Good Life

prairie life

The museum is currently CLOSED to the public.  We will reopen in May 2017 at the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center with a new signature exhibit titled Becoming Johnson County

Special Exhibit

The Museum is currently CLOSED to the public.  We will reopen in May 2017 at the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center with all new exhibits.

The 1950s All-Electric House

house closedThe 1950s All-Electric House at the Johnson County Museum is currently closed to the public. 

The House will reopen in its new location at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in the Spring of 2017. Since opening in 1998, over 55,000 people have toured the House. The closing of the House is the first tangible step in the Johnson County Museum’s move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in the former King Louie Building, located at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The House will move in the spring of 2016, while the main Museum building will remain open through late 2016. At the new location, the All-Electric House will be a featured inside the building, as a cornerstone of the new signature exhibition, Shaping Johnson County: Pursuit of a Good Life. Please check our website and Facebook for updates or call the Museum at 913-715-2550 for more information. 

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