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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

Meet the Real World War Two Soldier -- Saturday, July 12 at 1pm

In conjunction with the Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie exhibit, the Johnson County Museum presents another interesting viewpoint about the war. Charlie Pautler, director of Shawnee Town Museum, uses artifacts and equipment to give an informational presentation focusing on the material culture of the WWII US infantryman. Free lecture beginning at 1 p.m. in the Museum's Education Center.


Summer Arts -- Friday mornings!

Grandparent and child making artEach Friday this summer, the Johnson County Museum Summer Arts program offers kids 5-12 an opportunity to explore different art processes while learning about county history through historical artifacts. Check the Museum's calendar for weekly themes. Sessions at 10am and 11 am. Registration is recommended.  Call 913-715-2570 to register. Fee: $5 per child, members FREE.

Browse Our Historic Photograph Collection

Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and partners created this collaborative online history of Johnson County, Kansas resource. A wide range of materials from photographic images, oral histories, maps, cemetery index, and an obituary index from the late 19th century to the current day is available to browse.  The project was funded by a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services with additional digitization funds from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund.

Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie exhibition--Closes August 23

image of worker at Sunflower Ammunition Plant about 1945.The Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie exhibit examines the important role the workers of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant played in defending the United States for 50 years, and how the construction of the Sunflower plant dramatically changed Johnson County. Be sure to see before August 23, 2014, when it closes. Open Museum hours, Mondays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission is FREE! This exhibit was funded by the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund.

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Upcoming Events

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July 18, 2014 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Summer Arts-Tempera Painting at the Johnson County Museum

July 23, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum

July 30, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum