A fascinating new exhibition, Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall will open on November 7 at the Natural History Museum. The hand’s-on transportive, multimedia exhibition explores and celebrates the extraordinary life work of world-renowned conservationist and ethologist, Dr. Jane Goodall.
Starting 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 in the study of Chimpanzees by observing them 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.
The exhibition features experiential activities, including a replica of Jane’s research tent, an immersive projection of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, a digitally rendered multiscreen chimpanzee experience, and a hologram of Dr. Goodall as she shares her memories in Gombe recalling her thoughts feelings, impressions, and lessons learned while living among chimpanzees.
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 people around the globe.