Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum
111 North Lincoln Avenue, Chanute, KS 66720 - United States
Have you experienced sailing in a small boat across the Pacific with adventure author Jack London or photographing lions on safari with George Eastman in Africa or escaping the pursuit of hostile South Seas natives or climbing a snow-capped Mt. Kenya on the equator or flying over dangerous uncharted territory in Borneo?
You can experience these things and more through the lives of Martin and Osa Johnson. Documentary filmmakers, photographers, explorers, naturalists, and authors, the Johnsons traveled the world from 1917 to 1936 when few Americans ventured beyond our shores. They captured the public’s imagination with their films and books of adventure in distant exotic lands.
Ranked the Number 1 Museum in Kansas, the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum features award-winning exhibits of the Johnsons’ lives and adventures, African cultures, and changing themes of special exhibits. The museum offers visitors educational programs throughout the year for children and adults. Regular showing of Johnson films and a large research library are also available. A museum shop, Osa’s Ark, is part of the museum and offers unusual and one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.
Martin and Osa Johnson made two expeditions to the South Seas (1917 and 1919), two to Borneo (1920 and 1935-1936), and five extended trips to Africa (between 1921 and 1934). Their South Seas films gave them global fame, but their African expeditions gave them recognition as professional photographers, explorers, and conservationists.
The Johnson Exhibition Gallery illustrates their lives and their accomplishments. Artifacts, photographs, and personal memorabilia are preserved for generations to come at the Safari Museum®.
In our Imperato African Gallery, we have ceremonial masks, carved figures, musical instruments, swords, jewelry and textiles from four regions of West Africa. It hosts the art and artifacts of over thirty ethnic groups, and includes a dramatic life-size Tyi Wara Dance diorama. This collection is the finest of its kind in the Midwest.
The Selsor Fine Arts Gallery is where we host special exhibitions which are rotated every few months. During September 2019 Live Museum Day we have scheduled a photographic display celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Martin + Osa Johnson's 1st expedition to the South Pacific.
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