Exhibitions 2017-04-21T14:34:50+00:00

Exhibition Galleries at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum


South Seas House Post The Johnson Exhibition Gallery
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®.

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Bambara Antelope HeaddressThe Imperato West African Exhibit Gallery
Ceremonial masks, carved figures, musical instruments, swords, jewelry and textiles from four regions of West Africa are exhibited. It features 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.

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Thai DancerSelsor Special Exhibits Gallery
The heart of any museum is its collection. On average, 90 percent of a museum's core collection is kept in storage due to a lack of permanent display space and as a conservation technique to protect light sensitive pieces. Our Selsor Art Gallery allows us to highlight some of the most stunning, unusual and least seen examples from our diverse collections on a temporary basis.

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ivana-banner-banner-edited_logo-borderFundraising Exhibits & Osa's Ark Museum Store Sales Show
As a non-profit organization, we rely on the support of our members and colleagues. Throughout the year, we partner with and host exhibitions and art shows from outside individuals and organizations. The sales and donation of artifacts from these events are used to support the care and development of our core collections. Often the guest curator or artist will donate pieces from their show to our Osa's Ark Museum store. This generocity allows us to have an ever changing store stock and to continue to bring in support even after the close of a show. Click Here to see what's currently offered as fundraising exhibitions & special store selections