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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

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Johnson County Museum - ON THE MOVE!

Arts and Heritage Center Rendering

The Johnson County Museum is literally On The Move! Join us as we move the museum to the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The new venue provides an opportunity to more boldly narate the story of how Johnson County became one of the nation's leading suburban counties. Today’s Johnson County has evolved to be a vibrant myriad of communities that are economically, socially and culturally diverse, upending the stereotype that suburban places are simply bedroom communities.  This is an exciting move that provides the museum more space, greater visibility and a far better venue for sharing the county’s powerful story.

With our new venue we have unparalleled opportunities to explore the story and heritage of Johnson County with our collections, new exhibitions and innovative programming. It will integrate history, art and theatre through field trips, summer camp programs, workshops, lectures and other educational programs that will  engage children and adults alike.  The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will enrich Johnson County’s cultural life as it marries all forms of arts and history in a single venue.

Three major exhibit galleries are planned for the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.




"Becoming Johnson County"

       Size: 12,500 sq. ft.

       Cost: $1.4 million

The signature exhibition which included the 1950s All-Electric House will be the center piece that will fram Johnson County history through three major themes: land, policy, and the important relationship with Kansas City. In approximately 12,500 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.  The personal stories of visionary and extraordinary people from the County will illustrate the important impact of individuals in our community. Tactile, interactive stations will spark and reinforce learning as well as add some fun for visitors of all ages, with the goal of instilling visitors with a stronger sense of place and  greater understanding of how Johnson County has grown over the past 200 years.

KidScape Rendering KidScape Rendering 2


     Size: 3,500 sq. ft.

     Cost: $350,000

Be inspired as history comes to life in our kid-sized community!  Young visitors will experience life in the past through play as they explore 3,500 sq. ft. of buildings and landscape inspired by the  history of Johnson County.  Preschool through early elementary age children will build a sense  of place and learn through dramatic play in rural, urban and suburban areas.  

Temporary Gallery

Temporary Exhibit Gallery

     Size: 1,500 sq. ft.

In a space that utilizes the unique architectural elements of the building, a 1,500 sq. ft. changing exhibition gallery will provide opportunities for in-depth exploration of local stories and a venue for traveling exhibitions — both of which will bring interdisciplinary and collaborative partnerships with other programs housed at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.


For more information about how you can support the Museum's move, go to www.jocomuseumfoundation.org.  


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Regnier Family Foundation

JCPRD Foundation

Bright Idea Signs
Eclipse Roofing
DaVinci Roofscapes
Kansas Humanities Council
William T. Kemper Foundation
Jane Wilson

Bill & Linda Anthony
Commercial Surfaces
Home Fixes LLC
Larry & Cindy Meeker
Tom McCabe, in memory of Deborah L. McCabe
Mindi Love & Jeff Pendergraft
The Stueck Family Foundation

Alice Amrein & Tracy Underwood
Jerry & Martha Baird
Emily Bruning
Central Bank of the Midwest
Lauren Crawford
DST Systems, Inc. Matching Gifts Program
Edwin & Janice Eilert
Henry Fortunato
Mark & Nancy Gilman
Rose & Alan Grimes
Dwight L. Guy
De Wayne & Julie Hickman
Mary Kay Ingenthron
Michael & Therese Iverson
Paul & Marilyn Lyons
McQuaid Brothers
Joe Medina
George & Theron Schlagel
Mary Tearney
Hannes Zacharias

$101 - $999:
Dennis & Michele Brewer
M. Burdolski
Country Club Bank
Tom & Audrea Griggs
Ann Holmes
Chris & Anne C. Jones
Ann C.U. Kindred
Scott & Heather Long
Bruce & Shirley Musgrave
Steve Petrehn
Cynthia A. Robinson & David L. McMurray
Aletha & Bob Simon
Maury & Angie Thompson
Sarah Wille

$100 & Under:
Doug & Lori Allen
Jan Barrington
Justin Border
The Brewer Family
Sara Carroll
Alice Creveling
Mr. Roger Ellinger
Gary & Melanie Hannah
Steven & Marsha Harmon
Sara Katherine Keckeisen
Paula & Rusty Leffel
Tracy Quillin
Michael Rogovein
John Shreve
James & Nancy Stankiewicz
Randy & Karen Stapp, in memory of Freelyn & Betty McGee
Lauren Taylor
David & Betty Thompson
Family of Ralph VanGoethem

White Haven Sign Purchase and Restoration Donors

The Johnson County Museum gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and organizations for their financial support of the acquisition and restoration of the White Haven Motor Lodge sign.  

$1,000 and Up:
Bright Ideas Signs & More
Dean Johnson
Johnson County Museum Foundation
Mindi Love & Jeff Pendergraft
Regnier Family Foundation 

$500 - $999:
Kathryn & Gary Bussing
Historic Kansas City FOundation
Ann C. Holmes
Tom & Deborah McCabe

$101 - $499:
William L. Bruning
Roger & Mary Bruning
Ron & Barbara Baker
Kay Callison
Maurica Sue Campbell
Ben Craig
Anne & Chris Jones
KC Modern
Ann & John Kenney
Mrs. Ruth Morrison
Heather Paxton
Randell L. Sedlacek
Esther Sunderland
John & Evelyn VanGoethem
Jim & Connie Walsh
Esther White

$51 - $100
Sheila & Mike Berry
Charlotte & Richard Brockman
Calvin Engelmann, in memory of Anneliese Engelmann
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Evans
Louise Foster
Bill & Marjorie Franklin
Fusion Fitness, LLC
Bob Greenspan Photography
Sheryl Gulley
Rob & Becky Johnston
Bob & Sara Keckeisen
Congresswoman Jan Meyers
Hilah Rozier
Iris Sanford
Joseph Seliga & Vanessa Vergara
Mary Lou Spalding
Will & Mandy Stelle
Donna Williams

$50 & Under
Krista & Steven Agocs
E.G. Amoneno, Jr.
Alice Amrein & Tracy Underwood
Shauna Anderson
Ian & Elizabeth Arnold
Mr. & Mrs. R.E. Atha, Jr.
Bill Berg
Marty & Candy Birch
Mary Birch
Martha Bostick
Beth Brandel
The Brewer Family
Carole & Robert Bromley
Jan Burnette & Gail Ochs
Mike Burson
Edwin & Janice Eilert
Peter & Jo Farabi
Jane Grady
Gail & Jerry Gregory
Mary Griffin
Melanie & Gary Hannah
Steven & Marsha Harmon
Ralph Hays
Guy Herman, Museum Insights
Carrie Homstad
Ruth Hopkins
Marjorie Dyer Hubbard
Lucille James
Randy Johnson
Allan & Elisabeth Kanter
Melinda Kearney
Trudy Keyes
Rose Klusman
Jay Knox
Lee & Dorothy Kroh
Russel & Paula Leffel
Christopher Leitch
Margie Lundy
JoeAnne Miller
Monica Moll
Judith Parker
John Rich
Leo & Helen Rieke
Robert & Colleen Robinson
Michael & Laurel Rogovein
Teresa Shock
Barbara Smith
Carol Smith
Tristan Smith
Forrest & Barbara St. Aubin
Tom Vince
Mark & Mary Virden
Thomas E. Waggoner
Nancy Wallerstein
Dave & Bev White
Gene White
Larry Winn III
Matt & Ann Zimmerman