House and Car JoCo Museum © Michael Robinson

Johnson County Museum & Kidscape

The Johnson County Museum, located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, is continually recognized for excellence in exhibitions, programming and publications by national, regional and state organizations.

Explore the signature exhibition, ‘Becoming Johnson County’, to gain a deeper understanding of the county’s history. The 1950s All-Electric House, the centerpiece of the exhibit, exemplifies the American Dream many hoped to find in Johnson County. 

The changing exhibit space features special exhibits throughout the year. The kids can enjoy a fun hands-on learning experience at KidScape.

KidScape is an exploration of three unique communities where 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 1900s, 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. Kids can 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! 

The museum has four free days a year and participates in the Blue Star Museum program, in which active members of the military and their families can show their military ID for free admission (runs from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day).