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Johnson County Museum Foundation receives generous donation

The Johnson County Museum Foundation recently received a donation of $25,000 from Waste Management, Inc. 
Area Vice President of Waste Management Mike Watson presented the check to Foundation President Larry Meeker at the museum. In doing so, Watson noted, “We want to support key community organizations that add significant value to the community while aligning with Waste Management’s commitment to investing in the Kansas City area and our company’s values.”

The gift is in recognition of the outstanding work the museum and its foundation provides to the Kansas City metropolitan area, specifically, the museum’s focus on children and education with its KidScape experience at the museum’s new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park. 

“We are extremely grateful for this support from Waste Management, and their recognition of the top-notch experiences we provide for our community’s children and families,” Meeker said. Since opening on June 10, the museum has already served 30,000 visitors.

KidScape provides the museum’s youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore our community’s past. Learning through play, children ages two and older can interact in 3,500 square feet of fun in 11 unique environments representing rural, urban, and suburban areas. From life on an 1870s farmstead to the cityscape of 1900 with the City Market, theater and school, and ending with a suburban diner, hospital, city hall, construction zone and a park with a secret cave. Kidscape offers hours of fun for kids to explore and play as well as unique field trip opportunities for local elementary schools. KidScape, along with the museum’s signature exhibition, “Becoming Johnson County,” were funded by a capital campaign spearheaded by the Museum Foundation. At the time of its opening, 95 percent of the $1.8 million goal had been raised. This gift will support the remaining balance for the KidScape experience. 

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults $4 for seniors 60+ and $3 for children 1-18. 

To learn more about the museum and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, please visit www.jocoahc.com.