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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

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  • Becoming Johnson County Sign
  • Car and All Electric House
  • Ten Years of Terror James Lane and William Quantrill
  • Three Chinese Musician Statues

DETOUR: Please be aware that road construction will impact access to 89th Street, beginning November 8th.  The Museum and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will remain OPEN during all construction. Please follow the posted detour signs for the access routes to our drive.  Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for this inconvenience.


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 50th Anniversary exhibit Let's Celebrate! On view now through April 4, 2018.

logo for the museum's 50th Anniversary exhibit


The Johnson County Museum offers innovative, engaging, and challenging programs that will inspire all learners to discover a sense of place and spark excitement about history: the history useum in Overland Park and the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton, Kansas. The Museum 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.

 

Department News

Give the Gift of Membership!
December 13, 2017

Give the gift that gives all year long!  Museum memberships offer a host of benefits including FREE admission to all three museum galleries all year long, discounts on programs and museum store items, invittations to exhibit openings and members only events, plus an e-newsletter to stay up to date on all that's happening at the museum. 

Memberships are valid from one year from the purchase date and there are two options:     

 Individual/Couple   $30

Family Memberships   $50

Purchase today by calling 913-715-2575. 

The Museum is 50!
October 11, 2017

 

logo for the Let's Celebrate exhibit at the Johnson County Museum celetrating the 50th anniversary

 

The Johnson County Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a new exhibition showcasing objects from the museum's collection that relate to the traditional and modern anniversary gifts. From the first anniversary of paper, all the way to the gold for the 50th, come celebrate 50 years with us!  The exhibit is on view through April 7, 2018, in the museum's changing gallery. Regular admission of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), and $3 for children 1-17.  Members get in free!  

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.

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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Upcoming Events

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December 13, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

December 14, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

December 15, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

December 15, 2017 | 1:00 pm

A Country School Christmas!

December 15, 2017 | 5:00 pm

Kid's Night Out (Ages 5-12)