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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 Last Day the Museum Will Be Open is September 3rd.  We will reopen in May 2017 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.


The Johnson County Museum offers two sites for residents and visitors to Johnson County to visit: The History Museum in Shawnee 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.


Department News

Johnson County Park and Recreation District Foundation Gift
August 3, 2016

Parks and Recreation Foundation announces donation to Johnson County Museum

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County recently announced plans to donate up to a quarter of a million dollars in matching funds towards the development of a new Johnson County Museum exhibit for the future Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center expected to open in mid-2017 at the former King Louie building.

The foundation plans to match pledges and contributions up to a total of $250,000 made through the end of 2016. Approval and announcement of the donation was made during a foundation board meeting conducted on July 11 in Shawnee Mission Park.

“JCPRD incorporation of the museum into our operations and our involvement in the JCAHC only strengthens and reinforces our commitment to culture, heritage and the arts,” said Johnson County Park & Recreation District Executive Director Jill Geller, who also serves as secretary of the foundation. “The foundation saw this donation as a way to support that aspect of our offerings, and also contribute to the new facility’s, the museum’s, and JCPRD’s success. The foundation’s approach in offering this as a matching donation is to inspire others to donate, resulting in a museum exhibit that will draw thousands of visitors each year.”

The new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is scheduled to open in May 2017 at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park.

The “Becoming Johnson County” exhibit will tell the story of the area’s history and development through four large humanities themes: land, policy, regionalism and individual impact.  The museum’s popular historic house museum, the 1950’s All-Electric House, will be the centerpiece of the new exhibit gallery. In approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of space, more than 400 objects and over 500 photographs from the museum collections will challenge visitors to explore the impact of decisions made in the past and how they affect the future.  Tactile, interactive stations will spark and reinforce learning as well as add some fun for visitors of all ages, with the goal of instilling in visitors a stronger sense of place and connecting our visitors with the ideas, people, and events that have influenced how Johnson County has grown over the past 200 years.

In addition to the museum, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will have space for exhibitions, education programming, collection storage, a workshop, offices, and research functions. The facility will be managed by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, and will have space available for The Theatre in the Park and community theatre productions, fine arts programming, special events, and meetings.

For more information, or to make donations to this project, individuals and organizations can go to http://jocomuseumfoundation.org or contact Johnson County Museum Director Mindi Love at (913) 715-2555 or at Mindi.Love@jocogov.org.

Johnson County Museum to Close September 5
August 3, 2016

The Johnson County Museum will close to the public September 5, 2016 and will reopen in May 2017 at the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park.  The last day to visit the Museum at its current location will be September 3, 2016.

Sensory Time @ the JoCo Museum - 9/1
August 25, 2016

KidScapeSensory Time at the Museum

Every First and Third Thursday!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Fee: FREE!

 Registration: Call (913) 715-2575 to register. Maximum of 20 children

The Museum’s KidScape exhibit can be a loud experience for children with sensory integration and processing needs.  Sensory Time at the Museum is an opportunity for these children and their families visit before the museum opens to the public! Kids can pretend play while working on fine motor skills along with sensory integration activities such as: tactile fun and lacing in the Boutique, fishing and golfing in the Park, playing with echo microphones and practicing self-dressing skills with the costumes in the Theater, counting packages, carrying the heavy mail bag and delivering mail at the Post Office, cuddling and enjoying some quiet time as you read books in the Bookstore and exploring the interactive areas within the Museum’s signature exhibit Seeking the Good Life with fun seek-and-find-activity!

Pop 'n Play @ the JoCo Museum - 8/31
August 24, 2016

Hank PnPTime: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Details: Join us for activities designed especially for your 9 month-3 year olds to explore music, art, tactile activities and soft play areas.

Fee: $1 per child, members FREE. Drop-in program, registration not required. Maximum of three children per adult. Children must be supervised at all times.

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Upcoming Events

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August 31, 2016 | 9:00 am

Pop 'n Play @ the Johnson County Museum

September 1, 2016 | 9:00 am

Sensory Time at the Museum

September 1, 2016 | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Johnson County Museum Joint Board Meeting

September 4, 2016 | 10:00 am to 4:30 pm


October 20, 2016 | 8:00 am to 9:30 am

Johnson County Museum Advisory Council Meeting