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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

What is Modernism? -- Newest exhibit opening November 21
November 14, 2014

What is Modernism? 

The newest exhibit at the Johnson County Museum -- opening November 21, 2014

image of modern chairLook around you, Johnson County is a modern community.  You most likely drive past the modern homes and buildings in our communities every day without giving them a second thought. How did these structures become so prevalent in our cities?

Modernism developed in Europe in the aftermath of World War I as a shell-shocked population searched for a new way of life.  Innovative European and American designers sought to reshape society through modern architecture and design in the 1920s and 1930s. These ground-breaking concepts helped set the stage for a modern building boom in America.

By 1945, Americans  brimmed with optimism and embraced progress and innovation. Advanced technology and revolutionary building techniques allowed modern architecture to flourish from coast to coast.  Johnson County was no exception. The mid-century modern homes and buildings in our area represent a time when Americans believed the future was bright and possibilities were endless.

Exhibit open regular museum hours: 10am - 4:30pm.  Admission is free.

Check out our latest Blog Post: Art and History Collide
November 17, 2014

children making artEducator Justin Border engages young minds with participatory arts and community history....

JoHo the Storyteller: Harvest in My Lunchbox Wednesday, November 19
November 4, 2014

Harvest in My Lunchbox

image of bread and grainsWho made the BREAD for those sandwiches? What about the CHEESE inside? Who picked the FRUIT and VEGETABLES? Through fun and engaging stories, kids will discover how all that delicious and healthy food got in their lunchboxes. It’s a tasty and thankfulness trip to farms, dairies, and factories to find out.


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

Please note: The Target grant has expired; free books will not be distriubted to each family at the end of this story time.

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.

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Upcoming Events

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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

November 28, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

November 29, 2014 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

November 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Christmas at Lanesfield