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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

Make a Modern Gingerbread House -- Saturday, December 20
December 18, 2014

In conjucntion with the holiday season and the Museum's latest exhibition What is Modernism?, join us for a fun family activity!

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Details: Season’s Greetings! Drop by to celebrate the holiday by making a modern holiday gingerbread building!

Have fun touring KidScape and writing your letter to Santa as well.

Fee: $3 per person; Members free.

A Very Fifties Christmas at the All-Electric House
December 1, 2014


Aluminum Christmas tree. Color wheel. Christmas cards. Atomic Christmas wreaths. Smells of gingerbread. Check, check, check!

The 1950s All-Electric house is decked out for a Rockin' Modern Christmas. Join us for tours of the house Saturday, November 29, 2014 - Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Guided tours offered Monday-Friday, every half hour from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Extended Saturday hours each week from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Adults $5, seniors $4, children 12-5 are $3.  Under 5 and Museum Members are free.


What is Modernism? exhibition
December 16, 2014

The newest exhibit at the Johnson County Museum -- Now on view

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.

Museum Blog -- Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in Images
December 15, 2014

worker at Sunflower Army Ammunition PlantCollection Manager Russ Czaplewski recounts completeion of a major cataloguing project of images documenting the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

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December 18, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

December 19, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

December 19, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Christmas at Lanesfield

December 20, 2014 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

December 20, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Christmas at Lanesfield