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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

Jo Ho the Storyteller Returns -- Wednesday, October 15
October 3, 2014

"Me aimage of JoHo the Storyteller with a young child and fun props for storytellingnd My Imagination"

Designed to enrich children’s imaginations, Jo uses the art of storytelling and silly songs to get kiddo’s bodies moving and voices chiming along. Each story is brought to life with clever homemade costumes and props. Children will be delighted to dress up in “Whimsical Wit!”

Fee: FREE.

Note: The grant received from Target has expired so the  Museum is no longer able to offer the free books during this event.

Registration: Drop-in for families. Groups of ten or more must pre-register. Call (913) 715-2552 to register.

Wednesday, October 29 -- Magicreations Magicomedy Spooky Spectacular with Keith Leff
October 1, 2014

picture of magician Keith Leff with a playing cardMagicreations Magicomedy Spooky Spectacular with Keith Leff
Wear your costume to the museum for a fun-filled morning of magic and trick-or-treating.

Fee: $3 per person, members FREE.

Tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. You must call (913) 715-2575 to make a reservation. Maximum of three children per adult.


Browse Our Historic Photograph Collection
July 22, 2014

joco history linkJohnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and partners created this collaborative online history of Johnson County, Kansas resource. A wide range of materials from photographic images, oral histories, maps, cemetery index, and an obituary index from the late 19th century to the current day is available to browse.  The project was funded by a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services with additional digitization funds from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund.

Lewis Hine: Let Children Be Children exhibition Now Open
September 8, 2014


image of young child picking cotton in a field; taken by Lewis Hine ca. 1910

Organized by the George Eastman House – International Museum of Photography and Film, this exhibit is a telling look at the industrialization of America. The images, by photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940), artfully reveal the circumstances that poor working children endured until national legislation against child labor prevailed in the late 1930s.Through his photography, Hine and the National Child Labor Committee endeavored to gain the attention of the government and arouse public sentiment against child labor practices in the United States.

The exhibit will be on view from September 5 - November 1, 2014. Admission is free.

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Upcoming Events

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October 29, 2014 | 10:00 am

Magician Keith Leff at Johnson County Museum

November 11, 2014 | 10:00 am

Museum Closed

November 12, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum

November 26, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum

November 27, 2014 | 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Museum Closed