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Johnson County Museum

The Johnson County Museum began as an all-volunteer organization in 1967 with the mission of collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Johnson County with the community. Originally located in the two-room 1927 Greenwood School in Shawnee, the facility expanded over the years into a 20,000 sq. ft. museum before moving to its new home in 2017. The museum came under the management of Johnson County Park and Recreation District in 2016. The Museum Advisory Council, appointed by the Johnson County Commission, oversees the museum’s collection program. A separate not-for-profit, the Johnson County Museum Foundation, raises private funds to support museum initiatives. A professional staff of 10 oversees day-to-day museum operations with the support of over 50 community volunteers.


All of the 476 square miles that are now Johnson County were once part of the Shawnee Indian reservation. The territory was opened to white settlement with the passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. At that time the area was crisscrossed by a number of major westward migration routes including the Ft. Leavenworth Military, the Santa Fe, and Oregon-California trails. Johnson County was created on August 25, 1855, by the Kansas Territorial Legislature. One of the first 33 counties in the state, it was named for the Reverend Thomas Johnson, founder of the Shawnee Methodist Mission. EZ Overland Park Junk Removal

In the decades following World War II, the county’s population exploded. By 1950, the number of county residents increased to 63,000. The decade of the 1960s saw the county’s population double again to 120,000. More houses were built between 1946 and 1951 than had been completed during the previous 120 years. The most significant growth continued to be in communities located in the northeast section of the county – Prairie Village, Overland Park, Shawnee, Merriam, Roeland Park, Mission, and Leawood.


The Johnson County Museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Museum Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday. The Museum is closed on Sundays and major holidays.

Admission Prices:  

  • $6 adults
  • $5 seniors, ages 60 plus
  • $4 children, ages 1 through 17
  • Under 1 free
  • Family Maximum Daily Fee $23.00

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  • J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood Kansas City is located at 8901 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS
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  • McGuire’s Tavern is located at 9148 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS


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