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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS 66217

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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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