|WHAT’S GOING ON AT KING LOUIE? Find out at the Johnson County Museum’s latest exhibition|
The Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Road, has opened a new exhibition, What’s Going on at King Louie? The exhibit’s focus is one of the most iconic buildings in Johnson County, the old King Louie West bowling alley and ice skating rink at 87th and Metcalf in Overland Park.
Almost two generations of Johnson Countians knew King Louie as a place to meet up with friends and family, and have a good time. When the complex closed its doors in 2009, it marked the end of an era for the local landmark.
In 2017, a new chapter in the building history will begin when it reopens as the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. The center will be the new home for the Johnson County Museum, as well as an indoor home for The Theatre in the Park. The facility will include administrative and program space for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s fine and performing arts department, a large event and rental space, and sufficient space to allow the building to serve as one of the county’s advanced-voting locations.
In preparation for the building’s transformation, the Johnson County Museum’s new temporary exhibit, What’s Going on at King Louie?, will share the history of this local landmark, as well as some of the new and exciting changes that will be a part of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. During the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to leave their memories of their favorite experiences at King Louie, and vote for which new feature they are most excited to see in the new space.
What’s Going on at King Louie? Opened in late February and will be on exhibit at the Johnson County Museum through Sept. 5. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.