Safari Traveling Exhibition is Traveling to RENO!

The Safari Museum is thrilled to announce our touring exhibition, Married to Adventure: Photographs from the Travels of Martin and Osa Johnson, will open at the Wilbur D. May Center on August 6 and will run through October 30, 2016. Safari Museum Curator Jacquelyn Borgeson Zimmer will give a talk and meet with visitors at events at the August 6th opening.  The Wilbur D. May Center is inside Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada. For information about special programs and events during the show, please contact Assistant Curator, Samantha Szesciorka at 775-785-5961.
Married to Adventure features 70 framed photographs, over 20 related artifacts and Movie Posters, 2 large panoramic photo displays and 11 wall text panels.  The exhibition can be customized to accommodate hosts with both small and large venues.
To learn how you can bring this exhibition to a site in your community, please contact Safari Museum curator Jacquelyn Borgeson, our museum curator, at 620-431-2730.
The 70 photographs featured in this exhibition can be viewed in our online galleries:
Click Here to Tour Married to Adventure

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Safari Film Fest: The 8-16 Project Ground Zero


MATINEE Description, Speaker & List of Films Shown

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Johnson
Speaker: Safari Museum Director Conrad Froehlich
FILM SCHEDULED: The Director’s Cut

1st Floor, Safari Museum

Then & Now: Martin & Osa Lives & Footage on Film
Speaker: Safari Museum Curator Jacquelyn Borgeson Zimmer

FILMS SCHEDULED: In the Waiting Room  &
Introducing SIMBA’s Mrs. & Mr. Johnson


1st Floor, Safari Museum


Preserving Visual History: Lost & Found Films
Speakers: Safari Museum Curator Jacquelyn Borgeson Zimmer &
Retired KTWU Film Producer Bill Shaffer

Johnson Gallery
2nd Floor, Safari Museum


Domesticating Wild Men & Saving Feral Film Footage
Speaker: Retired KTWU Film Producer Bill Shaffer
FILMS SCHEDULED: Domesticating Wild Men &  Jungle Jim

Johnson Gallery
2nd Floor, Safari Museum



MATINEE Description, Speaker & List of Films Shown

Chanute on Film Workshop & Call for Donations
FILMS SCHEDULED:  Royster Serves WWIIArtifact Presentation: Chanute Junior Chamber Agricultural Competition Scrapbook
Chanute Historical Society Genealogical Research Building
411 S. Central Avenue


Show & Tell A la Antiques Roadshow, Safari Museum curator Jacquelyn Borgeson will be on hand to inspect participants 8 & 16mm films, negatives, & suggest the historical value of the piece, how and where it might be repaired or digitized.
FILMS SCHEDULED: TBD by Audience Participation…
you bring your own films & we’ll show what we can!

Chanute Historical Society Genealogical Research Building
411 S. Central Avenue


Official Media Release:

Safari Film Fest August 13 & 14

This Saturday and Sunday, museum visitors will have a chance to watch local, and not so local, history come alive while learning why it’s important to not just remember the past, but to preserve it for future generations.

The Safari Museum started hosting film fests 13 years ago as a way to get Martin and Osa Johnson’s films transferred to DVD so they would be available to fans […]

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Adventure Duck Race July 16, 2016

This year, the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum will conduct its 2nd annual “Adventure Duck Race” fundraiser. The idea is simple—”adopt” a rubber duck and join us at the Maring Aquatic Center on Saturday August 16th at 10am to watch a whole bunch of rubber ducks race down the Lazy River!   The event will start at 10am with the official Adventure Race to begin around 10:45.  Duck Racer sponsors do not need to be present to win, but we hope you’ll turn up for a “quacking” good time.

Admission to watch the event will be $1 per person; admission is free to any and all who have purchased at least one racer. Duck adoptions and sales are ongoing and the cost is $5 each or a “Quack Pack” of 5 Racers for $20.  The adopted and numbered racers stay at the museum and come in two sizes.  This year, the museum is also selling the larger ducks ahead of the race so they can be decorated.  The cost is the same as the numbered ducks, but there will be a race entrance fee at the gate of $1 per decorated duck.  Decorated ducks must be at the gate no later than 10:30 & the only ducks that are eligible to hit the water are those that have been purchased at the Safari Museum.

The museum will also be offering a limited collection of “Safari Race Ducks” which businesses and individuals can adopt for $25 to participate in a special Sponsor Only pre-Race.  They, plus one very special “Osa Duck,” which will be a Cash Door Prize race option at the admission gate, will fight the Lazy River current to compete for top honors. All race […]

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Paranormal Investigation in Chanute

How do you conduct a responsible paranormal investigation and remain respectful of the people involved both living and deceased?  The Safari Museum has played host to several paranormal investigation (PI) events by professional groups at both the Santa Fe Depot and at the museum’s original location on Grant Avenue and there is always natural curiosity of how such events are handled. On Saturday, April 30th, Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations of Independence, MO will conduct a Public Investigation at both the Safari Museum and the Chanute Historical Society located next to our facility.

Founded in 2010 by Team Leader Jimmie McVey, Dusk2Dawn investigators never charge for private service and they are very discreet, and will only release findings if the clients grant permission.  The team do conduct ticketed fundraisers to help charity and non-profit organizations like the Safari Museum and this is the first public fundraising event they are hosting in Chanute on April 30.  A portion of the ticket revenue will be donated to both non-profit museums.

Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, these events are always educational, engaging and anything that helps to maintain Chanute’s historic Santa Fe Depot, as well as our original museum building site at the former Santa Fe Freight Office, is a benefit to our community.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to:

Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Event in Chanute


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Safari Speakers Travelogue Series

Once a month we host speakers from far and near to discuss their travels FAR away!

Our next installment in the speak series is Israel: Thursday, October 20!
This month we have Paul Myers at the museum to discuss his very recent trip to the Holy Land.

Safari Travelogue programs are free to the public. Please call 620-431-2730 for more information on this or any museum related program.

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    Final Friday Film Event: The Adventure Lovers Sept 25 in Wichita

Final Friday Film Event: The Adventure Lovers Sept 25 in Wichita

Martin and Osa Johnson, Kansas’ own exploring duo, were best known around the world as “The boy and girl next door who made movies far away” during the 1920s and 30s. Their legacy of motion pictures and unprecedented wildlife photography continue to draw the interest of international scholars as well as the general public. People around the world still thrill to the romance and adventure that mark the Johnson’s lives thanks to public programs designed by the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, KS.

On September 25, Final Friday audiences will get to experience the excitement of seeing Martin and Osa’s story on the silver screen once more at the Downtown Senior Center in Wichita. This film celebration, hosted by Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita, will begin at 6 p.m. when doors will open for a short reception. There will be introductions and a documentary film will start at 6:45 p.m. The curator of the Safari Museum, Jacquelyn Borgeson Zimmer, will present a brief talk on the Johnsons and discuss exhibition photographs and artifacts from the museum during the pre-show reception and will take questions from the crowd after the film screening.

Adventure Lovers, the English language version of the French “Les Amants de l’Aventure” will be the featured presentation of this evening. Shot on location in Africa, New York and Kansas, this was the first full length documentary produced on the life and times of the Johnsons. At its debut, the film won the Grand Prize at the Jules Verne Film Festival in Paris and it has been translated into five languages for showings across the globe. “2015 is the 75th Anniversary of Osa Johnson’s […]

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Safari High Tea Sunday, October 11, 2015

Our annual Safari High Tea will be on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum from 12:30 to 2:00pm!

The theme this year is “Books” to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Osa Johnson’s I Married Adventure. We’re pleased to announce that this year our featured musical entertainment will be the mellifluous piano stylings of Grace Romain Stacy.

Seating is limited, so please call the museum at 620-431-2730 to reserve a tea cup with your name on it today!

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HATARI SAFARI Saturday September 19th

Join us for our annual Fundraiser Dinner Event & Charity Auction! For 2015 we’re shaking up our Gala theme & going out into the field to fund raise so we can make Learning a Lifelong Adventure!
 Theme: “Hatari Safari”—Saddle Up to Channel your Inner African Cowboy or Cowgirl!
MC: Paul Myers as Martin Johnson, imitating John Wayne!
Lodging: Participants can reserve cottages or rooms at Lil’ Toledo
For more information, please call 620-244-5668 or check out their facilities online at:
Attire: Safari Casual
2pm-5pm Afternoon Family Event: $20 per family/carload
For the first time, the museum is adding a Family Fun Component to this annual Fundraising Event!  From 2-5pm, join us for vintage fun and games like archery, scavenger hunting on one mile trail, a “fishing” derby, bobbing for apples, three-legged races, wheelbarrow races, stick horse races, a fire pit with S’mores, clay shooting, and more!
Call to reserve a spot today: 620-431-2730
6:30pm- 9pm Evening Dinner Event: $40 ($45 after August 31)
Evening Schedule 
6:30 pm – Social Hour-Mix, Mingle & bid on Adventure Auction Items…every dollar raised at our Charity Auction means one student tours the museum for FREE!
7:00 pm – Dinner: Whole Hog Roast!
 7:45 pm – Silent Adventure Auction Ends
 7:45 pm – Entertainment: Teddy Pruitt & Kim Rice, the winners of 2015’s Trip for Two to Africa, will show photos from, and regale the crowd with, tales of retracing the footsteps of Martin and Osa Johnson on an actual African Safari!  Highlights of the trip that will be covered include three days on the Serengeti and having lunch at Momella Lodge, the site used to film John Wayne’s African epic film, HATARI!
8:15 pm – Reveal of Location & Launch of 2016’s Trip of a LifeTime Giveaway
8:30 pm – […]

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Adventure Duck Race August 1st

The 2015 Adventure Duck Race is over…and the WINNERS are:

Adventure Duck Racer #82: LARRY TAYLOR

Adventure Duck Racer #240: TIFFANY REBBECK

Adventure Duck Racer #196: JUDY FROEHLICH

Adventure Duck Racer #228: STEPHANIE McADAM

Adventure Duck Racer #31: CONNIE WOODARD

Adventure Duck Racer #7: RICK RUTTER

Adventure Duck Racer #130: CHAD VAN HOUDEN

Adventure Duck Racer #25: JERRY TALLENT

Adventure Duck Racer #36: CONNIE WOODARD

Adventure Duck Racer #108: SUSAN NINNEMAN

WINNER of the OsaDuck Challenge: JASON CLEAVER

Please Thank Our Business & Individual Sponsors!
Their Talents & Generosity   TODAY   Help Our Museum
Make Learning a LIFELONG Adventure!

Adventure Duck Race Support Crew!

Thank you Merle Kelly Ford of Chanute for covering the cost of bring our 250 Adventure duck Racers to Chanute!

These Sponsors provided Prizes, In kind Support or made Financial Contributions to
Allow EVERY race dollar raised to go to our Johnson Education Legacy Fund
which provides for our FREE FAMILY FUN EVENTS 360 Days Per Year!
 David Bideau, Bideau Law Office
Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism
 Cleaver Farm & Home
Tim and Tara Cunningham 
Muffy Fehr
Heather Showalter Frese
Kurt Kluin, Kluin Law Office
Lloyd Zimmer Books & Maps
Main Street Chanute
MRH Insurance Group
Osa’s Ark Museum Shop 
Kent Pringle, Attorney
Ranz Motor Company
Stephanie MacAdam, StephieMc Designs
Linus Thuston, Attorney
Young Professionals of Chanute
This Education Department Fundraiser would be stalled in the deep end if not for our generous sponsors…
Please thank these individuals when you see them & support their businesses for helping our non-profit museum make
Learning a Lifelong Adventure.
We plan to launch a bigger and better Adventure Duck Race in 2016 and we look forward to using the Maring Aquatic Center again next year and appreciate all the assistance Steve and Tamara Slane provided in race set up and go time!

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Lizzie Le Blond’s Norway Trip 1900-1901

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