Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute

4.7
#43 of 153 in Museums in Kansas
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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  • Amazing photos from almost 100 years ago along with numerous artifacts tell the story of an adventurous couple from SE Kansas. I learn something new every time I go.  more »
  • What a cool museum. Many interesting artifacts and stories. A lot of pictures, many artifacts to see and read about. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • We learned so much. Very interesting museum. Two floors but maintained and setup was superb. I encourage everyone to go learn about the couple who did documentaries way back in 1920s thru 1950s.  more »
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  • 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.
  • We were early getting into Chanute today so I searched for something to see. Not much in this little town but did see a Museum so I decided to take the boys here. They were a little apprehensive to go but said that was fine. Free parking when we arrived and I guess on Saturday it's free to enter. The lady at the desk took us in to watch a short video. Although I wasn't sure I wanted to watch it, it really is a must see. You understand so much as you walk through the museum with that short 10 min video. It's really a must see if you are not familiar with what the museum is all about. The best part of this was my boys really enjoyed it. From the interactive musical instruments you are allowed to play with and the gong which they hit multiple times, they really had a good time.
  • Great place to learn about these explores. They had a great love for each other.
  • Great museum, one of our kids favorite places to go very interactive, allot of information on some small town explorer's. 2 story library and train depot. Very cool

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