Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Requires Discovery or All-Access Pass

Opens May 21, 2021

All ages


Requires Discovery or All-Access Pass

Opens May 21, 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.

Students can learn more about how to follow in Jane's footsteps through a special collection of National Geographic resources and the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots initiative, which empowers young people to build a better tomorrow.

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

Photo details:

  1. In her early days at Gombe, Jane Goodall spent many hours sitting on a high peak with binoculars or a telescope, searching the forest below for chimpanzees. Photo by Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall Institute.

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