The Museum offers a variety of programs each month for adults that complement museum exhibitions. Please check our calendar for upcoming events. The Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour is offered quarterly and by reservation.
Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour
Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson County Museum’s collections at the new Arts & Heritage Center! Led by museum staff, visitors will learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance to our local community. Our collection features over 20,000 3D objects and over one million images. The Arts & Heritage Center facility holds the museum’s two-dimensional collection, including manuscript collections, maps, photographs, and quilts. This program can be scheduled as a private tour for your Scout and fraternal group -- call 913-715-2570 to make a reservaiton. Tour lasts one hour.
Admission (members): $4 per person
Admission (non-members): $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 children (1-17)
For Kids & Families
We offer a variety of programs for kids and families! From Saturday Family Fun days to Retro Storytime, Kids' Night Out, art classes, storytellers, and musical performers. Please check our calendar for upcoming events and visit jcprd.com to register!
Host a KidScape Birthday Party
Celebrate your child's birthday at the place where history and fun connect! Enjoy unlimited time in KidScape and one hour in a private party room. Bring your own refreshments and party supplies. Saturdays fill up fast, so call to reserve your spot early! (913) 715-2570
1 hr. room rental for up to 30 people - $150
Includes unlimited exploring time in KidScape
Additional guests pay standard admission fees - $5 adults, $4 seniors (60+), $3 child
We offer field trip experiences at two locations, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park and Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton.
Visit KidScape, where you can play in the past! (Recommended for pre-school through 3rd grade groups)
Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday; Groups of 10 or more please call to schedule 913-715-2570. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children (1-17)
History comes to life in our kid-sized community! Experience life in the past through play as you explore over 3,500 square feet of buildings and landscape inspired by the history of Johnson County. We even have a soft play area for our youngest visitors.
Retro Storytime Fun! Remember The Little Red Hen? The Poky Little Puppy? You and your preschoolers will love the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1954 All-Electric House! After the story, enjoy an art project for little hands.
First Wednesday of every month, 45 minute session. We ask that parents stay with children. Can be booked as a field trip – call for details!
Admission: $6 per child, $5 per adult (includes admission to KidScape and museum exhibitions)
Hours: Offered 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday Admission: $6 per child, $5 per adult (includes admission to KidScape and museum exhibitions); School staff receive complimentary admission.
Guided tours of our main exhibit are included with every school-aged field trip!
Johnson County’s 200 year history is rich and varied; from the earliest Native peoples, to the civil war, to the population boom in the 1950s and beyond, our community has grown from just 4,000 to half a million people in 150 years. The 1950s All-Electric House is a favorite stop, where children can compare and contrast their own home to a home from the past.
K and 1st Grade
Thank You Community Helpers What is a community and who are the helpers? Play an active game and work together to solve puzzles as your class learns about the real people who help in Johnson County. Includes a kid-friendly tour of the signature exhibition "Becoming Johnson County" and exploration time in KidScape. (Approximately 2 hours)
2nd Grade and Up
History Detectives Put on your white gloves and grab your clipboards! Use your observational and critical thinking skills as you evaluate a mystery object from the past. Includes a kid-friendly tour of the signature exhibition "Becoming Johnson County" and exploration time in KidScape. (Approximately 2 hours)
Adaptable for students through high school.
Community Planners Challenge Students watch the story of Johnson County unfold, then work together to create a city of their dreams! Working in small groups, students choose a mayor and plan roads, buildings, landscapes, and special places. Includes a kid-friendly tour of the signature exhibition "Becoming Johnson County" and exploration time in KidScape. (Approximately 2 hours)
Adapable for students in middle school.
Lanesfield Historic Site
Lanesfield Living History Program
Grades: Recommended for Spring of Third – Fifth
Description: Students experience a day in the life of a child attending a one-room school. In this immersive program, kids are encouraged to dress up! (Approximately 4 1/2 hours). Fee: $130 per group. Limited to groups of 30, including school staff and parents. Schedule: Year-round, Monday - Friday
Grades: Kindergarten – Third Description: This program highlights an early 20th century farm day. Children experience life on the farm life, do chores, and enjoy lessons in the one-room school led by a costumed schoolteacher. (Approximately 2 hours) Fee: $3 per child. Teachers and chaperones receive complimentary admission. Limited to groups of 60. Schedule: Year-round, Monday-Friday.
We offer a variety programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. We can tailor a visit to your needs - please call 913-715-2570 for more information.
Calling all Girl Scouts! Have fun working towards your badge at the Johnson County Museum with our educational programs!
Lanesfield Historic Site Tour
Who: All Ages When: Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Where: Lanesfield Historic Site located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, KS 66021 What: Built in 1869, the school is the only standing structure from Lanesfield, Kansas. Girl Scouts can investigate what it was like to go to a one-room school in 1904. Gather some friends for a drop-in public tour and learn about rural life and education from a costumed tour guide. This is a great tie-in for troops working on their” Playing in the Past Badge”, “Celebrating Community” Badge or the World of Girls Journey.
Farm Family - Brownies can expand their visit to the Lanesfield Historic Site and learn about farm life and chores. This two hour program is available Saturday mornings or by appointment. We welcome groups on No School Days! The cost is $3 per Girl Scout. Program must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.
Cost Per Person:Public Hours FREE, $3 for Farm Family program How to register: Call 913-715-2570 to schedule your troop.
Calling all Boy Scouts!
Have fun working towards your badge at the Johnson County Museum with our educational programs!
Tiger Cubs: the Johnson County Museum is a great resource to help you search, discover, and share! Work towards your Tiger Cub badge for Achievements 1 and 2 by visiting the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton to investigate what it was like to go to a one-room school in 1904. Drop in for a site tour, or gather some friends for the Farm Family program. Lanesfield is a great place to Go See It and to learn about Where I Live.
If your traveling the Bear Trail, visiting the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton to investigate what it was like to go to a one-room school in 1904. Drop in for a site tour, or gather up some friends for the Farm Family program. Lanesfield School sits in its original location on the Santa Fe Trail and near a Bleeding Kansas skirmish site, exciting and important parts of American history.
Take an adventurous step towards earning your Scholar activity badge as a Webelos Scout by touring the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton to investigate what it was like to go to a one-room school in 1904. One-room schools represent an interesting era in the history of education. It is a great place to compare your school experience with those of students in the past, and to help you gain perspective on the value of an education for your Scholar badge.
Love history? Love working with kids? Love solving mysteries? Or love meeting new poeple? We have the perfect opportunity for you at the Johnson County Museum! Opportunities range from assisting with exhibit construction to helping education programs to serving as tour guides. Join our team, meet new people and enjoy a rewarding experience sharing our community's history.