The Johnson Artifact Collection
Do you have a Martin and Osa Johnson artifact, photo or book?
Your donation to our museum is a great way to preserve history and is tax deductible!
Call 620-431-2730 or email the museum to talk to the curator today!
The Johnsons’ Core Photography & Related Photographic Collections
Similar collections of pioneering photographers are also housed permanently at our museum. Among them are the photographs, artifacts & archives of adventurer, journalist & author Carl Von Hoffman and Alpine climber and sports filmmaker Elizabeth Main Le Blond.
We would love to hear about new explorers and photographers you know whose collections would really feel at home in our museum. Call 620-431-2730 or email the museum to talk to the curator today! As a non-profit organization, we cannot afford to purchase artifacts, but donations are tax deductible!
West African & Ethnographic Collections
Ceremonial masks, carved figures, musical instruments, swords, jewelry and textiles from four regions of West Africa are permanently exhibited. Our galleries feature 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.
In addition we have a strong collection of art and artifacts from other regions of Africa, as well as from locales such as British North Borneo and the south seas islands explored by Martin and Osa Johnson.
If you have collected ethnographic artifacts that you would like to donate, please call 620-431-2730 or email the museum to talk to the curator today. As a non-profit organization, we cannot afford to purchase artifacts, but donations are tax deductible!
Fine Arts Collections
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. Click Here to see what’s currently showing in our Selsor Gallery.