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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

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 -- NEW program starting March 2015!
February 27, 2015

image of KidScape exhibit logoSensory Time at the Museum
 Offered the 1st and 3rd Thursday every month starting in March 2015!

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

Fee: Free event, but space is limited to 20 children. Reservations required. Please call (913) 715-2575 to reserve your child's spot!

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 these 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 -- Saturday, April 18 @ 10 a.m.
April 3, 2015

sculpture by artist Louise Nevelson

 Join for our Family Art series! We'll be creating collage sculptures inspried by modern artist Louise Nevelson. She used common household materials and paint to create beautiful sculptures like the one pictured here. Offered in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibition, What is Modernism? 

Visit http://www.louisenevelsonfoundation.org/ for background information on Louise Nevelson, who critics hailed as the leading sculptor of the twentieth century.

Reservations required, parents must stay with children. Space is limited to 20!  Pre-register by calling (913) 715-2575. Walk-ins will be welcome if space is available.

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

 
What is Modernism? -- Check out the Museum's latest exhibit!
February 23, 2015

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.

 
 

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