Prepare to be WOWed

Explore the largest natural history museum to open in the country in the past 100 years at Wonders of Wildlife, which opens September 22.

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We’ve all been waiting (and waiting and waiting!), and the time is almost here. In just two short weeks, you can explore the largest and most important natural history museum to open in America in more than a century at Springfield’s new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

Guests can explore the many wonders of wildlife at the 350,000-square-foot destination—larger than the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History! In a recent press release, the museum was noted as a gift to the Springfield community and its future generations from well known Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The spectacle showcases many one-of-a-kind features including a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium adventure with 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. The wildlife museum offers a tour of the wildest places on earth, and there’s also more than 1.5 miles of immersive trails and exhibits celebrating those who hunt, fish and act as stewards of the land and water. Read about eight of the immersive conservation attractions.

The museum’s grand public opening is Friday, September 22, and the attraction will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Annual memberships range from $95 to $300, but those who want to visit for the day can pay anywhere from $9.95 to $23.95 for children to $14.95 to 39.95 for adults, depending upon the number of attractions visited (wildlife galleries and the aquarium adventure can be visited individually, or guests may buy combo tickets). Children younger than 4 get in free. 

Due to the predicted demand, individuals are strongly encouraged to purchase admission tickets in advance online at All tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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