Adventure Duck Race August 1st

Our Racers are officially ready for adoption!

Adventure Ducks are $5 each or you can opt for a “Quack Pack” and support 5 racers for only $20!
Tickets with your Racer’s number can be picked up at the museum or if you opt to donate online using the donation button below.
All race revenue goes to the Johnson Legacy Education Fund that keeps our free student and family events FREE!
Want to donate but can’t be at the Adventure Race? Donate $5 and we’ll assign a Duck in your name or in the memorial name of someone else! You need not be present to win, and every dollar really does help make Learning a Lifelong Adventure!

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

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
Kurt Kluin, Kluin Law Office
Lloyd Zimmer Books & Maps
Main Street Chanute
Osa’s Ark Museum Shop 
Kent Pringle, Attorney
Ranz Motor Company
Stephanie MacAdam, StephieMc Designs
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!

The 250 Adventure Duck Racers will be competing for the following prizes!  All prizes were donated or underwritten thanks to […]

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Safari Speakers Travelogue Series

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


Safari Travelogue, Thursday June 18th
Israel: Talk will be presented by Pastor Tom Eastman

Safari Travelogue programs are free to the public and light refreshments will be offered. On Thursday, June 18th, doors will open on the second floor of the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum at 6:45pm with the program to begin at 7pm. Please call 620-431-2730 for more information on this or any museum related program.

By |May 20th, 2015|Media Releases|Comments Off on Safari Speakers Travelogue Series

Queen of the Mountain Exhibition

Safari Museum Named Partner Site for Hometown Teams Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition

The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) awarded the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum a Heritage Grant for the “Lizzie Le Blond Collection Conservation Project” last year and the resulting exhibition from this project is now listed as a partner site event in the statewide 2015 promotions of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Hometown Teams.

The initial project involves the digitization and preservation of over 2,000 photographs and its accompanying hand-written archives that date from 1895 to 1903. They are the largest single collection of images and archives by Elizabeth “Lizzie” Burnaby Main Le Blond, a female pioneer in mountaineering, photography, and film making. Lizzie was climbing mountains in Victorian skirts and filming their icy peaks before Ansel Adams was born. She shot 10 films between 1885-1888 on the topics of skating, tobogganing, hockey, and bob sledding that effectively earned her the title of the world’s first—male or female—sports filmmaker.

Diane Good, former director of development at the museum, was hired as the KHC grant intern to complete the digitization and registration of the collection. Getting a close up view of the photographs has revealed an even deeper understanding of the collections overall importance. “One of the most exciting things for me as I go through the images is the wealth of information each photo contains,” says Good. “We see architectural features, people’s expressions, and other details of the world more than a century ago.”

Good is working at a customized photography copying station onsite at the museum. KHC provided funding for the conservation materials, and Chanute’s own master craftsman Wayne McDaniel built a frame to support the massive camera stand that Gary Fail of Total Image […]

By |April 29th, 2015|Media Releases|Comments Off on Queen of the Mountain Exhibition
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    THE ARK OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS: A documentary of Martin & Osa Johnson

THE ARK OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS: A documentary of Martin & Osa Johnson

The feature independent documentary THE ARK OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS by director Jan Svatoš will present the work and legacy of the outstanding American filmmakers, writers and adventurers, Martin and Osa Johnson, for the first time and in a new perspective.

Long before Joy Adamson wrote the book about Elsa the lioness, before the first African National park was ever founded an incredible story had taken place …
The documentary THE ARK OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS will reawaken not only the remarkable life story and work of both adventurers, but also their modern ideas, which are so in tune with the contemporary concepts of humanism and environmental protection.

With this film, Jan Svatoš follows up not only on his triple awarded directorial debut Africa Obscura (2011), whose success received coverage in both European and US media, but also continues work and treatment on a number of the projects he realized in collaboration with the American Embassy in Prague.

The Engish website with more information can be found HERE!

Click HERE to see the amazing official teaser trailer for The Ark of Lights and Shadows!


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Safari Trip Drawing Update: And the Winner is…

Teddy Pruitt Letter – March 2015And the Safari Trip Winner is…Mr. Teddy Pruitt! Teddy, who owns a flying service crop dusting in rural Arkansas, discovered Martin & Osa years ago when he flew into SEKansas on business. He was enthralled by their adventures, immediately became an ardent fan, bought all their books & also became a museum member. We’re thrilled to have a new, but oh so devoted fan of Martin & Osa win this chance! Teddy is taking a week to share the news with his Osa and decide whether to take the trip or take the cash out option & plan their own itinerary. We’ll have updates as soon as possible. Since we don’t have a photo of Teddy Pruitt to share yet, we’ll use the “Teddy” we have lots of photos of until we do! On behalf of the museum staff and board we would like to thank everyone who entered; we’re sorry everyone can’t go, but your donation will truly make a difference by supporting our educational services!


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Sister Museums Around the Globe!

The Safari Museum has had the pleasure of working with wonderful “sister” museums in Africa and Malaysia on joint projects.  This summer is the tenth anniversary of our partnership with the Sabah Museum in Kota Kinabalu and we’ll be highlighting joint activities and projects of our staff and volunteers on both sides of the globe!

This is the most recent news article about our ongoing effort to find early footage taken by Martin and Osa in North Borneo and find a way  to make it available to throughout the state of Sabah!


This fall will be the 15th anniversary of our initial partnership with the Manega Museum in Burkina Faso and we’ll be highlighting our partnership with them starting in October!




By |May 16th, 2014|Media Releases|Comments Off on Sister Museums Around the Globe!

Visitor & Museum Supporters Comments

We’re always thrilled to get feedback from our Visitors!  Checkout our Facebook Page here and yours might be the next featured comment!
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Dr. Scott Coates and lance Burton, aka “Team Safari Museum” at Dirty Kanza Bike Competition, May 31st.

From Dr. Coates:It is an honor to represent The Safari Museum.  The shirt design was fantastic.  Maybe we’ll see more  of it in the future.  As I passed one rider, he said “Safari…..I didn’t know Chanute had big game?”. To which I replied ” just take a picture of the qr code, you’ll see”.  I also felt the event perfectly fit the spirit of Osa, Martin and Lizzie…..I even had to fix a flat along the way. Thanks again.

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Partnerships & Projects

The museum is pleased to partner with a number of individuals and organizations on very diverse research and conservation projects. This space is where we will highlight and update some of these past, present and future projects.

Safaritalk is a forum where they have been talking Safaris and wildlife conservation since 2006. Conservation issues, photography, trip planning, professional interviews, green shopping options…the resources available on this site are added to daily. As a guest you’re welcome to read through certain areas of the forum, but to access all the facilities and to contribute your experience, ask questions and get involved, you’ll need to be a member – so register here: it’s quick, FREE, easy and founder Matthew Wilkinson will look forward to having you as a Safaritalker soon!

Matt has previously interviewed Safari Museum curator Jacquelyn Borgeson (read the interview here) and he’s written up some very educational articles about Martin and Osa Johnson’s works in Africa, which you can read here.

We were thrilled when Matt recently premiered a new digital Safaritalk magazine and we hope our members will sign up to read it and all the other extraordinary discussions and projects found on Please check both the forum and the magazine out online and tell everyone you know there’s a spot on the web that can really help make a difference if enough people actually read and get engaged in the many topics Safaritalk routinely shares with it’s followers!

Matt is also planning a luncheon for UK-based Safaritalk members and will have Cathy Dean, director of Save the Rhino International, as the Special Guest. It will be open to the public, and we’ll post where and when details as we get them. Someday we hope […]

By |November 6th, 2013|Media Releases|Comments Off on Partnerships & Projects