Inside JCPRD: Johnson County Museum – Past, Present, Future

Johnson County Museum moved to the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, in the old King Louie West building, in 2017. This photo was from renovation kick-off day in 2016.

By Dr. Mary McMurray, Museum Director

The old Greenwood School, the first official home of the Johnson County Museum, located in Shawnee, Kan. This photo taken in 1968. Johnson County Museum

Fifty-five years ago, on Oct. 29, 1967, the Johnson County Museum opened its doors to the public. The new museum was located in an old, familiar place – the Greenwood School site at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee, Kan. Visitors were invited to explore exhibits which looked at the history of Johnson County and included a pioneer kitchen, general store, and Victorian-era parlor.