Johnson County Museum

8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212 - United States

913-826-2787

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Featuring award-winning long-term and changing exhibitions as well as public and school education programs, the museum is a great place to spend the day learning about our county’s history and having fun in our hands-on exhibit spaces.

Exhibits

"Becoming Johnson County"
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.

"KidScape"
Offers kids the opportunity to explore 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.

"Expanding OZ"- Temporary exhibition runs through November 2, 2019
The craze surrounding Wizard of Oz started with a book written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. The story has inspired popular culture in the U.S. as well as internationally. The exhibit explores the growth of that phenomenon through a collection of artifacts, ranging from clothing to toys to books to posters. By looking at the history of stage and screen adaptations, seeing familiar pop culture materials, and surprising international pieces, the expanding world that Baum created with a book will come alive.

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