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Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
Ranked #2 of 98 things to do in Springfield
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is the largest immersive wildlife attraction in the world. Explore a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds and a wildlife museum offering a tour of the wildest places on earth. The 350,000-square foot experience features more than 1.5 miles of immersive trails and exhibits.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Both the wildlife museum and the aquarium are first rate. We made an overnight trip just to see the museum and aquarium and it was well worth it.

Thank Campbell M
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A little pricey but well worth the money. Very interesting and would recommend this attraction to anyone.

Thank dutch57
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The wildlife area was pretty good. A lot of life sized stuff animals. However, the aquarium was amazing! 1.5 million gallons of water. The water tanks are set up at times so the fish are around and even overhead. There are even parts where the children crawl underneath and up into the tanks so they are totally surrounded by water wildlife- sharks, fish, crabs, jellyfish etc. Be prepared for a surprisingly long walk if you visit both the wildlife area and aquarium.

The only complaint I would have is they undoubtedly need to have pictures of all water life with their names and information posted around ALL water tanks in the building (even the ones in the bass pro shop area). I would be great to look into the water tanks and identify the water wildlife and know their names and information about them. Management, please take my advise on this.

Overall a must see for the family.

Thank BeachSlug
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is worth the visit to Springfield / Branson, alone.

We stayed for five hours and could have been there longer if we had walked through more slowly.

We strongly recommend visiting both the galleries and the aquarium and planning so that you get your hands stamped and grab a bite to eat along the way, then return to see the rest of it.

We recommend you bring along that spare battery, to keep your phone / camera charged... we captured 400+ photos and could have easily doubled that if we had had more time.



We have visited Bass Pro Shops’ original store in Springfield multiple times, in part to just look around and in part to shop for fishing.

In April, 2017, we learned about the new WOW / Wonders of Wildlife, which wasn’t open then.

We planned then at return visit later in the year, and schedules allowed us to visit again MLK / Martin Luther King Day weekend, 2018 (Jan, 2018).

We read the brochures and websites and had seen the outside of the building, so we figured it would be big, but we were under-imagining... Johnny Morris and team went bigger than big... this is 350,000 square feet and a more than a mile of “trails.”


We saw some awesome stuff... I list them here...:
- the world’s largest bronze buck deer at the entrance
- Section honoring Native Americans and their relationship with animals and nature
- Teddy Roosevelt’s cabin and his important influence on conservation
- Original artwork by Charles Fritz
- In 1804 Lewis & Clark departed St. Louis (actually Wood River, IL) on their historic expedition, returning in 1806
- In 1904, St. Louis celebrated the centennial of the expedition with our World’s Fair
- In 2004, an expedition reenacted the original Lewis & Clark journey, and Mr. Fritz was part of the expedition, painting along the way
- National Parks videos and dioramas
- A room with mounted heads of deer and bears and more
- A room filled with (seemingly) hundreds of big horn rams
- A stuffed narwhal whale and real penguins
- Stuffed yak and wolves and polar bears
- African savanna - elephants, giraffes and more
- Amazing black and white (b&w) photos by David Yarrow (were recommend you purchaser his book from the gift shop on your way out.... amazing images!)
- The aquarium... the sister ship of Hemingway’s fishing boat, huge fish, Bass Force One - US Presidential fishing boat
- Huge tank of large cod and grouper and stingrays and a few sharks
- Huge humpback whales hanging on the ceiling
- Tall baitballs of fish
- Tropical fish - parrot fish, lion fish, Nemo clown fish, ghirabaldis, and many bright coral
- Swamp animals - fish, pelicans and amphibians and a gar
- Sea anemones and blue ribbon stingrays and starfish
- South America - piranha and tiny bright blue fish that seemed to glow
- Jellyfish - bright organs on blue water, white and clear, and ones that look like little mushrooms zooming through the water
- Walls and walls of seashells
- A huge number of shark teeth and jaws
- Stingray petting tank

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

It takes a LEAST 2 hours to go through! The aquariums are well done, love how you can walk under almost all of them. The kiddo's LOVED the stingray petting pond. It's a little pricey but worth it.

2  Thank Alicia M
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