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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

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Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017 in our new home at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, the Johnson County Museum invites you to explore the history and heritage of our community.  

The Museum offers innovative, engaging, and challenging programs that will inspire all learners to discover a sense of place and spark excitement about history.  Consider becoming a museum member to take advantage of all the museum has to offer!


Regnier Family Foundation announces lead gift towards new Johnson County Museum exhibit

The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the Regnier Family Foundation's support with the $300,000 lead gift to fund the museum's new signature ehxibition, "Becoming Johnson County."  CLICK HERE to read more.


Mainstreet Credit Union announces lead gift towards new KidScape exhibit

The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce Mainstreet Credit Union's support with the $250,000 lead gift to fund the museum's new KidScape exhibit. CLICK HERE to read more.


The Johnson County Museum offers two sites for residents and visitors to Johnson County to visit: The History Museum in Overland Park and the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton, Kansas. The Museum department offers long-term and changing exhibits, children's history exhibitions, 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.

 

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Mainstreet Credit Union Lead Gift
June 21, 2017

Mainstreet Credit Union pledges $250,000 lead gift in support of KidScape at the Johnson County Museum

Mainstreet Credit Union Major Funding Sponsor above KidScape logo

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS - The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce Mainstreet Credit Union’s commitment of a $250,000 pledge as the lead gift of the museum’s new and improved KidScape experience. KidScape is a major feature at the museum’s new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie building, at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

KidScape provides the museum’s youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore our community’s past. Learning through play, children ages two and up can interact in 3,500 square feet of fun in 11 unique environments representing rural, urban and suburban areas.  Starting with life on an 1870s farmstead to the cityscape of 1900 with the city market, theater and school; and ending with a suburban diner, hospital, city hall, construction zone, and park with a secret cave.  KidScape offers hours of fun for kids to explore and play as well as unique fieldtrip opportunities for local elementary schools.

John Beverlin, President/CEO of Mainstreet Credit Union, says the activities at KidScape fit well with Mainstreet Credit Union’s long-standing focus on helping children and youth learn concepts such as responsibly handling money, managing a checking account and the importance of savings.  “KidScape offers ways for kids to learn about life activities while also having fun.  Our board and staff at Mainstreet Credit Union are excited to partner with the Johnson County Museum Foundation and affiliate organizations to support KidScape and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Many of our members have families with young children, and I know they’ll be delighted that their credit union is involved with this great educational program. KidScape offers fun learning experiences for preschoolers, as well as children in elementary school.”

With this major gift from Mainstreet Credit Union, the Johnson County Museum Foundation has secured 95 percent of its $1.8 million capital fundraising goal.  “We are extremely grateful for the support of Mainstreet and welcome this new partnership,” Museum Foundation President Larry Meeker stated.

These financial gifts have funded the design, fabrication and installation of KidScape and the 12,500 square foot signature exhibition “Becoming Johnson County.”  The Museum will open along with the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, June 10.  A free day of activities are planned from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. as well as a formal ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m.   The museum will open for routine business on Monday, June 12 from 10 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults $4 for seniors 60+ and $3 for children 1-18.

As of January 2016, the Johnson County Museum became part of Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD), which manages the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.  To learn more the museum and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, please visit www.jocoahc.com.

For more information, or to make a donation to the museum’s capital campaign, individuals and organizations are encouraged to contact Jay Hinrichs, JCPRD Development Director, at (913) 826-3448 or Jay.Hinrichs@jocogov.org or Museum Director Mindi Love at (913) 715-2555 or at Mindi.Love@jocogov.org.

Jim Crosgrove & the Hiccups @ the JoCo Museum - 6/28
June 14, 2017

Green and yellow modern background with text over it; "Jim Cosgrove Stinky Feet".  A pair of feet stick out from the "O" in cosgroveWednesday, June 28, 2017

Time: 10:00 - 10:45 am

Fee: $5 per person (non-members)
       $4 museum members per person (proof of membership must be shown upon arrival)

Jim Cosgrove & The Hiccups have been rockin' Kansas City for nearly two decades with their high energy, interactive concerts. Jim’s philosophy is that children are the stars of his shows, not him. Come prepared to sing, dance, and have fun!  Earns JCPRD U Mindfulness Credit

JCPRD Class Code #38817

To register online, click here or call 913-715-2570.

Retro Storytime Fun! - The Telephone - 7/5
June 21, 2017

Carton image of a red rotary dial telephone. To the upper left, a yellow circle, inside "The Telephone Book"Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Fee: $7 per person (non-members)
       $3 museum members, per person (proof of membership must be shown upon arrival)
       Includes admission to the Museum and KidScape

Join us for "The Telephone"
What household tools and technology did people use a long time ago? This illustrated book, published in 1974, shows children what common items like a telephone and camera looked like in the past. Number and color a phone of your own. Try dialing a rotary phone as you play in KidScape after the program ends! Earns JCPRD U Mindfulness Credit

JCPRD Class Code #38826

To register online, click here or call 913-715-2570.
 

 

Family Fun Day - The Doo Dads in Concert - 7/1
June 21, 2017

Four men in red shirts playing various musical instrumentsSaturday, July 1, 2017

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am

Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors (60+), $8 children (non-members)
        $4 museum members, per person (proof of membership must be shown upon arrival)
        Includes Museum and KidScape admission.

If you’re looking for kid-cool rock ‘n’ roll, then you’re in the right place! The Doo-Dads, a kid-cool rock ‘n’ roll band, was founded in 2002 by four friends and dads, all veterans of the Kansas City music scene. The band puts on a high-energy show that has every hallmark of a real rock concert - fun, excitement and…bubbles!

JCPRD Class Code #38808

To register online, click here or call 913-715-2570.

Family Day @ the JoCo Museum - 7/1
June 17, 2017

Exterior shot of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.  Show large metal and stone spire in front of entranceSaturday, July 1, 2017

Time: 11:30 - 2:30 pm

Fee: $5 adults, $4 seniors (60+), $3 children (non-members)
        FREE for museum members (proof of membership must be shown upon arrival)

Are we there yet? Bring the whole family to celebrate America’s Mother Road, Route 66! Explore the Museum’s main exhibit featuring the 1950s All-Electric House and a 1955 Chevy INSIDE! Play in the past and serve burgers in the diner in our kid-sized community, KidScape!  Interact with the photography in the temporary exhibit, “Mother Road Revisited: Route Sixty-Six Then and Now.”  Have hands-on fun with activities and crafts in the museum from 11:30 to 2:30 pm and attend a special concert by the Doo Dads at 10:30! Purchase admission upon arrival at event. No preregistration required. 

 

Regnier Family Foundation Lead Gift
November 14, 2016

Regnier Family Foundation announces lead gift towards new Johnson County Museum exhibit

SHAWNEE, KANSAS - The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the Regnier Family Foundation’s support with the $300,000 lead gift to fund the museum’s new signature exhibition, “Becoming Johnson County.” The exhibition will open in May 2017 in the museum’s new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, the former King Louie West bowling alley, at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

 “The story of the growth and development of Johnson County is a story of visionary and extraordinary leadership,” said Bob Regnier. “As a result, Johnson County has become one of the leading suburban communities in the United States.  The story and path of this progress is an important history lesson for present and future citizens.  We thank Johnson County government for its wisdom and foresight in committing to capture and tell this story for future generations.”

The Regnier Family Foundation gift will be used to design, fabricate, and install new exhibits in the museum’s 12,500 square foot signature exhibition space that will feature its iconic 1950s All-Electric House. In addition, the museum will offer a permanent 3,500 square foot children’s history experience and a 1,500 square foot changing exhibition space.

With this lead gift from the Regnier family, the Johnson County Museum Foundation’s campaign has raised 70 percent of its $2 million capital campaign goal. 

 “This gift is but one more contribution the Regnier family has made through business and charitable gifts to Johnson County’s museum-worthy history,” Museum Foundation President Larry Meeker stated.

For more information, or to make donations to this project, individuals and organizations are encouraged to contact Johnson County Museum Director Mindi Love at (913) 715-2555 or at Mindi.Love@jocogov.org.

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June 28, 2017 | 10:00 am

Jim Cosgrove and the Hiccups

July 1, 2017 | 11:30 am

Family Fun Day!

July 5, 2017 | 10:00 am

Early Learning: Retro Storytime Fun!