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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

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Becoming Johnson County & the 1950s All-Electric House

Shows a backlit sign "Becoming Johnson County" in grey metal letters; the sign sits above four murals that depict land (a map); policy (water towers); regionalism (royals parade); and People (Shawnee Days parade)

Explore our signature exhibition to gain a deeper understanding of the county’s history. Through the themes of land, policy, and regionalism, discover how Johnson County residents have worked together to create the community of today. The 1950s All-Electric House, the centerpiece of the exhibit, exemplifies the American Dream many hoped to find in Johnson County.

View of exterior of All Electric House with 1955 teal Chevy Bel-Air in front

View of main entry to museum with lit up White Haven Sign in the backgroundPhoto of viewers reading text in front of American Progress MuralVisitors reading text in Life Interrupted section   




A brightly colored graphic with a school house, hospital, theatre, and barn over the word "KidScape"






View of KidScape Diner; park area can be seen behindYoung girl dressed as a queen in KidScape TheaterYoung girl scowls in front of intake photo board in KidScape jail

Through exploration of three unique communities, kids learn through play about the past.  An 1870s farmstead introduces kids to life on the farm-- tending animals, collecting eggs, gardening and house chores inside the farmhouse.  Time travel to the 1900 the city where kids sell fruits and vegetables at the City Market, perform for an audience at the theatre, and teach at the school.  Suburban life springs up in the 1950s!  Care for sick patients at the hospital, cook up burgers and fries at the diner, and build a house for a new suburban family. Even explore a park with a secret cave! Kidscape offers hours of fun for kids to explore and play.

 Panoramic photo of Kidscape




Lanesfield Historic Site

image of the introduction panel to the exhbit at Lanesfield Historic Site visitor center

Exterior view of Santa Fe Trail Marker with Lanesfield in the background

Lanesfield Historic Site participates in Kansas City's Passport to Adventure.  For more information, click here!

18745 S Dillie Rd, Edgerton, KS, 66021

Site Hours:
Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
By appointment Monday - Thursday, call 913-715-2570 to schedule (requires 1 week notice)

General admission prices:
FREE during public hours
$2 per person for non-public hour tours

The limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The site includes the original schoolhouse, four outbuildings, and a modern visitors center with an exhibit, gift store, and restrooms.

The site also features seven interpretive panels on the grounds between the visitors center and the schoolhouse that tell more about the site and its history.  An accompanying audio tour can be found here.

Learn more about the school's history. Find details about field trips and education programs at the site.


portrait of James H. LaneLearn more...

about the connection between General and U.S. Senator James H. Lane to the townsite of Lanesfield, listen to 10:45 minutes - Listen Now this podcast created in conjunction with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Narrated by John Berry with Stephanie Clayton, former site manager of Lanesfield Historic Site, and James Lane biographer Jim Collins.

The Lanesfield podcast was supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas. Find out more at www.kansashumanities.org.

ph: 913.893.6645 

Let's Celebrate!

Let's Celebrate 50 Years!

image of exhibit introduction

view of exhibit installed

October 6, 2017 - April 7, 2018

The Museum's showcases museum objects in this fun exhibit inspired by the traditional and modern anniversary gift lists.  From the first anniversary of paper, all the way to the gold for the 50th, come celebrate 50 years with us!  Many of the objects have never been exhibited before, and many are fun twists on what would be considered a "gift!"  From a 1967 Amana microwave from the 4th anniversary  modern gift list to a 1920s leather prosthetic arm representing the traditional 3rd anniversary list, the exhibit is full of interesting stories.  On view through April 7, 2018, in the museums changing gallery. Regular admission of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), and $3 for children 1-17.  Members get in free! 

Let's Celebrate: Johnson County Museum is 50

The Johnson County Museum is turning 50 years old and the new temporary exhibit, ‘Let’s Celebrate!: The Johnson County Museum is 50’ showcases different objects from the museum’s collection that relate to the traditional and modern anniversary gifts.  From the 1st Anniversary gift of paper, all the way up to gold for the 50th, come celebrate 50 years of collecting with us!  ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ will be on display in the museum’s temporary exhibit gallery from October 6, 2017 through April 14, 2018.

Colorful confetti background Johnson County Museum 50th Anniversary

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