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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS 66217

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The Johnson County Museum offers three sites for residents and visitors to Johnson County to visit:  The History Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House in Shawnee and the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton, Kansas. The Museum department offers long-term and changing exhibits, children's history exhibitions, a speakers bureau, online resources, school, youth and Scout programming, lectures and walking tours, and special events. The historic collections include more than one million photographs, 18,000 3-D artifacts, and 300 cubic feet of archival material. The museum serves 40,000 visitors onsite and nearly 100,000 people through online resources available at www.JoCoHistory.org.

Department News

The Postwar Dream Home: The Ranch House -- Free Lecture Tuesday, April 28
April 22, 2015

The Postwar Dream Home: The Ranch House  -- Free Lecture Tuesday, April 28

Reception graphic of ranch home and text " The Postware Dream House: The Ranch House"at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Kansas City  Missouri Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

RSVP required. Please call 816- 701-3407 or register online.


Have you been to the Museum to check out the Modernism Exhibit? Are you enraptured by modern homes? Do ranch houses make you swoon? Then we have the program for you! Mary van Balgooy, a preemptive ranch house scholar, will be giving a presentation at the Kansas City Library’s Plaza branch. The Post-War Dream Home: The Ranch House presentation will begin at 6:00pm on April 28th. This program is co-sponsored by the Johnson County Museum Foundation and the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust—coincides with the museum’s free exhibit What Is Modernism? on display through November 21, 2015.

Plans for King Louie Move Forward
March 25, 2015

Artist rendering of museum space at King Louie facilityOn Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Johnson County Commission approved a capital project and approved bonds to fund the Arts and Heritage Center at the former King Louie facility at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park. Click here to learn more about the project and to see architectural renderings.

Sensory Time at the Museum -- NEW program starting March 2015!
February 27, 2015

image of KidScape exhibit logoSensory Time at the Museum
 Offered the 1st and 3rd Thursday every month starting in March 2015!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Fee: Free event, but space is limited to 20 children. Reservations required. Please call (913) 715-2575 to reserve your child's spot!

KidScape can be a loud and exciting environment and sometimes that can be a challenge for children with sensory integration and processing needs. Developed in partnership with Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County,  Sensory Time at the Museum is a free opportunity for these children and their families to experience the museum at their own pace before the museum opens to the public.

Special activities have been added to KidScape exhibit to support pretend play while working on fine motor skills along with sensory integration activities such as tactile fun and lacing in the Boutique, go fishing and play golf in the Park, play with echo microphones and practice self-dressing skills with the costumes in the Theater, count the packages at the Post Office and carry the heavy satchel as you make your deliveries, cuddle with a beanbag chair and enjoy some quiet time as you read book and explore the Seeking the Good Life exhibit with a fun seek and find activity!

Location: Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS, 913-715-2550.

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