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Becoming Jane

The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall making an observation outdoors
Photo by Michael Nichols, National Geographic. Jane Goodall, 35 years after her original observations, finding great joy in watching the Gombe chimpanzees. Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
Opens November 7, 2021

This fall, explore a hands-on, transportive, multimedia exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and work of world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, started as an intrepid young woman with a dream to learn about animals in Africa. Dr. Goodall traveled to what is now Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park and immersed herself by observing chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Her work studying the lives of chimpanzees in the wild captured the imagination of the world. Rather than seeing the animals as subjects, she came to know them as individuals with personalities and emotions—a notion once rejected by the scientific world, yet now considered revolutionary. Today, in her current role as an activist, mentor and advocate for creating a better world for all life on Earth, she inspires us all. Her story—one of fearless determination, curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and a passionate love of the natural world—has resonated with generations of people around the globe.

National Geographic The Jane Goodall Institute

An exhibition organized by National Geographic in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute


In this exhibition, you'll:

  • Be introduced to Dr. Goodall's extraordinary work and encounter digitally rendered chimpanzees in a multiscreen experience. 
  • Envision yourself as a scientist as you explore a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall's research tent. 
  • Be immersed in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park.
  • Hear from a hologram of Dr. Goodall as she shares her memories in Gombe and recalls her thoughts, feelings, impressions, and lessons learned while living among chimpanzees. 
  • Join Dr. Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute and National Geographic, in an effort to ensure a more sustainable future for us all.

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Annenberg Foundation
Local presentation made possible by the Annenberg Foundation with additional support from Visionary Women