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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS 66217

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  • The 1950's All Electric House
  • Shawnee Mission Rural FFA Group
  • Museum Exhibit
  • Filling Station
  • Lanesfield School
  • Museum Exhibit

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

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 -- Come Explore and Play on May 7 or 21!
May 4, 2015

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

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

Fee: Free event, but space is limited to 20 children. Call 913-715-2575 if you have questions or to RSVP.

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 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.

Modern Art Adventures inspired by Jasper Johns -- May 6 or 16 @ 10 a.m.
April 29, 2015

 

map by Jasper JohnsJoin us for our Family Art series! We'll be creating maps inspired by inspired by Jasper Johns Maps series.  Working with maps, stencils and paint, Johns created  painting . like the one pictured here. Offered in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibition, What is Modernism? which continues through November 15th.

 Johns received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2011. Learn more about his work here!

Reservations required, parents must stay with children. Space is limited to 20!  Pre-register by calling (913) 715-2575. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Please arrive on time to start with the project with the instructor.

Fee: $3 per participant; Museum members are Free!

 
Where is Modernism? -- Check out this map and audio tour of JoCo places to learn more!
April 30, 2015

image graphic of exhibit

Where is Modernism? Look 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?

This new driving tour from the Johnson County Museum and KCModern features many of the commercial mid-century modern gems along Metcalf Avenue, and the corresponding map invites you to explore some of the area's residential neighborhoods too! Click for the tour.

This tour is provided alongside the Johnson County Museum's current, free exhibition,  What is Modernism? Open Tues-Sat, 10am-4:30pm. Free admission.

 

 
 

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