Visit the Johnson County Museum for free on a Saturday in late September. Take advantage of this Free Day to enjoy the museum, including the 1950s All-Electric House, and the 2,500 square-foot main exhibit titled "Becoming Johnson County," featuring more than 400 objects, and more than 500 photographs.
The Free Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Johnson County Museum, located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
To find this program online at JCPRD.com, browse first under fun for all and then under heritage & history. Look for the keyword “museum.”
In order to promote physical distancing, the museum is offering a limited number of entry tickets for two separate timed sessions on this day. Visitors will be allowed to visit anytime in the designated time window of either 9 am to noon (course ID 39731), or from 1 to 4 p.m. (course ID 39731). Tickets expire at the end of each session, and do not include access to the KidScape experience. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the website and click on “Register for Activities,” and perform a course ID search for either of the codes listed above.
Regular museum admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older, $4 for children one through 18, and free for children under one year old.
At the time of the free day, three special exhibits are also going on at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.
Coney Island - Visions of an American Dreamland is the name of a fun, interactive exhibit which will be in the museum’s temporary exhibit room through Oct. 17, and is included as part of the free day. This traveling exhibit looks at the novelty of the summer resort and amusement and entertainment mecca. Made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is adapted from the traveling exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 and organized by Robin Jaffee Frank, Ph.D., former Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. It was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance.
The other two temporary exhibits are located in JCAHC’s Creative Commons area and are free to visit whenever the facility is open. They include: “Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times,” which is filled with stories of our community rallying together in the face of economic hardship, natural disasters, war, and health crises, and “Resilience, Reflection, Rebuilding: Artists Respond to Covid-19,” which is meant to be a reflection of local artists’ experiences and feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic and a consideration of the pandemic as a catalyst toward change.
The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.