Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Requires Discovery or All-Access Pass

Closes Sep 6, 2021

All ages


Requires Discovery or All-Access Pass

Closes Sep 6, 2021

All ages

Step into the field and explore Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking work. 

Dr. Jane Goodall is world-renowned for research that gives us a deeper understanding of chimpanzees—our closest living relatives.

Now, you’ll have a chance to follow Jane’s journey from a curious young child in England to a passionate scientist studying chimpanzees in Africa. In Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Jane Goodall, immerse yourself in Jane’s world through interactive experiences. Step into a recreation of her field research tent, learn scientific observation skills, and view the landscape of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. 

Visitors of all ages will be inspired by the work of Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace. Before leaving the exhibition, pledge to join her by taking action to protect our planet’s future.

Jane Goodall in a field tent using a typewriter by the light of a lantern.

Each evening in her tent, Jane would write up data from her field notebooks, recounting the chimpanzee behavior she observed that day.

Hugo van Lawick, Jane Goodall Institute

Imagine yourself in the role of scientist.

Exhibition highlights: 

  • A hologram-like projection of Dr. Goodall, who shares her fieldwork memories 

  • Augmented reality activities, including one that lets you match chimpanzee vocalizations

  • A projection of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park with virtual chimpanzees

A portrait of the chimpanzee Fifi, member of Jane Goodall’s first studied group of chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

Michael Nichols, National Geographic

Jane Goodall, 35 years after her original observations, finds great joy in watching the Gombe chimpanzees.

Michael Nichols, National Geographic

Be like Jane

Both in the exhibition and online, you can take a short pledge to join Dr. Goodall in protecting our planet. Each action—using less plastic, avoiding palm oil, or taking a walk—is one small step that adds up to a more sustainable future. Thousands of people have already made the commitment; will you join them? 

Learn more about the work of Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute and its Roots & Shoots initiative, which empowers young people to build a better tomorrow.

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Photo details:

  1. Explore the exhibition about Jane Goodall's life and work. Photo by Michelle Kuo. 

  2. Jane Goodall and Hugo van Lawick observe a family of chimpanzees. Photo by Vanne Goodall, National Geographic.

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