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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

Thursday, Sept. 4 -- Dr. Bill Worley discusses J.C. Nichols
September 2, 2014

Portrait of J.C. NicholsJoin Dr. Bill Worley for a discuttion about race and class along with art and architecture when discussing the significant impact of the nationally known land developer J.C. Nichols.  This free program is co-sponsored by Johnson County Museum and the Johnson County Library.

Thrusday, Sept. 4th @ 7p.m. at Antioch Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, KS


The Educator is In
September 2, 2014

hand drawn image of a kiosk with words "Good Information the Educator is IN"


Join Museum educators stationed in the Museum's exhibit ,  Seeking the Good Life, for hands-on fun for all ages! Call 913-715-2575 for exact times each day.

September Activity:   What would you take on the trail? Talk to our educator about what you would pack to take on the Oregon or Santa Fe trail.

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 Opens Sept. 5
September 2, 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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September 3, 2014 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am

PLAY BALL! at the Johnson County Museum

September 10, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum

September 13, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Walking Tour of Mission Hills