Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute

#43 of 153 in Museums in Kansas
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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.
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  • This museum far exceeded our expectations. It felt like a big city museum due to its high quality displays & photographs. The introductory film was fascinating and the curator generously sent us...  more »
  • My family wanted to do a day trip and the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum seemed within the right distance and pretty cool sounding. It is a collection of information that the couple found while....  more »
  • Although I had never heard the story of the Johnson's, I found this museum to be very interesting. View the videos first to get a feel for the Safari moviemaking background. There are activities for children in several rooms. Not sure a young child could sit still for the movie. I wish some of the artifacts had more associated details, such as dates, item description. Several did, but many didn't.
  • Kids loved it. Had several things they can touch and play with. She was a great explorer.
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