Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, MO

500 W. Sunshine Street Springfield, MO 65807
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Celebrating those who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land, Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is an animal adventure featuring a 1.5-million gallon aquarium, mesmerizing exhibits and galleries, and opportunities to learn more about conservation. Discover more about our land with galleries featuring elk, elephants, wildcats, and other animals from around the world.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Springfield Travel Experts
  • Last ticketed entry is 30 minutes prior to closing.
  • The Wildlife Galleries itself is about .5 miles, while the aquarium is about 1 mile.
  • The 1.5-million gallon aquarium features more than 35,000 live aquatic animals and habitats.
  • Free parking is offered in front of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and outside the Aquarium's Great Oceans Hall.

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The reviews say it, and I agree - it doesn't get better than this and it's in the middle of America! 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.

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Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of an all-new 1.5-million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds, and immersive wildlife galleries that bring visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. Located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, the 350,000-square-foot experience celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water. Explore over 1.5 miles of immersive galleries that take you into the natural habitats of the animal kingdom. Get up close and personal with big game and other mammals in the Wildlife Galleries, and dive into the ocean world in the Aquarium Adventure.

Aquarium Adventure
Introducing a new aquarium that plunges guests into a thrilling tour of the world’s underwater habitats with more than 35,000 animals. Visitors will encounter over 800 species of sharks, rays, jellies, eels, sports fish, and more as they are transported to some of the wildest aquatic habitats on earth.

Set sail on a voyage spanning the world’s oceans, lakes, and streams and come face-to-face with sharks, rays, jellyfish, eels, eagles, and otters plus giant game fish from around the world that belong on every angler’s bucket list.

300,000 gallons of adventure! The breathtaking Great Oceans Hall brings the depths of the ocean to the middle of America. After admiring historic fishing boats that belonged to Ernest Hemmingway and Zane Grey, step inside a 300,000-gallon circular “open ocean” habitat teeming with life including zebra sharks, leopard rays and sea turtles.

Learn by taking a look inside! Peek inside pop-up bubbles and come eye-to-eye with fish inside their habitats like piranhas, neon tetras and more.

Wildlife Galleries
Go eye to eye with exotic wildlife! Stand in awe observing nature’s most striking exotic animal habitats, like leopards perched high above ground observing their prey, muskox fighting off a pack of wolves beneath the northern lights, and wildebeests battling with crocodiles at the watering hole.

Get closer than ever before with the world’s largest collection of record-setting big game animals like deer, elk, bear, bison, caribou, moose, muskox, antelope, sheep and more set amongst dioramas that transport you to the native environments of the species.

Each habitat features painstaking attention to detail including massive hand-painted murals, native foliage and special effects that deliver the chill of the Arctic, the cold winds of the Alps, the dry sun of the African Savannah and more.

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Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, MO – an all-new 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, and immersive Wildlife Galleries that bring visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled;
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Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, MO – a 10,000 acre outdoor playground offering hiking, biking, Segway tours, wildlife tram tours, horseback riding and trout fishing amongst towering bluffs, waterfalls, creek beds, handcrafted bridges and wildlife such as American bison, Rocky Mountain elk and white-tailed deer;
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The Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum in Ridgedale, MO – bringing you face-to-face with prehistoric creatures and astounding collections of Native American artifacts and artwork as well as expansive galleries showcasing the American West and Civil War.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Kayla Colvin
Searcy, AR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
June 2019
My husband and I celebrate our anniversary every year in Branson. This year, we decided to take our 2 year old daughter. Originally, we had planned to do the Promised Land Zoo, but the forecast showed storms for the week we were there. So we decided to do the Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium. I am SO GLAD THAT WE DID! My daughter LOVED it, never got bored or restless. But honestly, I think my husband and I enjoyed it the most. Each spot was so informational! Stroller and wheelchair friendly, restaurant, air conditioning, and so much more. HIGHLY reccomend. We will do this every year!
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes! So many exhibits, lots of walking!

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John S
Columbia, Missouri
"Good aquarium for a small city but way too expensive"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2020 NEW
I have been to several aquariums around the country so am able to compare this one to others. I only visited the aquarium, not the natural history museum. Aquarium was very nice and designed well. This is an excellent aquarium for a city the size of Springfield but is up to par with some of the better museums in the US (e.g. Monterrey, Atlanta, Chattanooga). So you have to keep things in perspective. Good if you are in the area, but not worth a special trip. The aquarium focused more on fresh water fish than other aquariums, probably because it is affiliated with Bass Pro Shop. There was also a few sections dedicated to fishing which was of no interest to me but again due to their connection with Bass Pro. Overall it was a decent aquarium but the price is way too high. Their admission price is similar to the Monterrey aquarium but the quality is very different. I paid around $45 per person and think it was worth about $20-25 per person. Honestly, it should be subsidized by Bass Pro since it is basically an advertisement for them.
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Casper, Wyoming
"Top attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2020 NEW
A wide variety of wildlife mounts and the best aquarium in the region. Very nice displays and descriptions. I wish I had brought the grand kids. A restaurant on site that is good but expensive. Well worth the stop if you in the area. World class mounts!
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Mike H
Waterloo, Iowa
"Great Museum & Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 03, 2020 NEW
If you go through the Natural History museum and the aquarium you could spends hours here. We were there for over 2 hours and could have spent more time. The displays were fantastic and well done! There are so many stuffed animals and I lost track of how many aquariums there are. Lot of of different types of fish and water animals to see, and the displays were great. The only downside we experienced was the sting ray petting tank. There were lots of disappointing people as the tank was so deep the rays would swim just beyond your reach as they swimmed by. Many adults were up to their elbow or beyond and still didn't get to touch one.
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Shawnee, Oklahoma
"Very cool!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 02, 2020 NEW
We really enjoyed this. I've seen mixed reviews because it's replicas etc of the actual animals but my little family loved it. It was like a wax museum with every kind of animal you could imagine. The landscaping and scenery was really great.
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Blue Springs, Missouri
"Stunning aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 02, 2020 NEW
This is the best attraction in Springfield. Maybe in all of SW MO. This visit we did the aquarium side only as we were driving home from Branson, but the museum is also well worth your time. If you make annual visits to the are as do we, an annual membership may be worth the added cost. Prepare to do a lot of walking through immersive exhibits, but there are theaters and other seating opportunities strategically placed throughout, and a very tasty quick service restaurant.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

Are the Wildlife Galleries and Aquarium Adventure two separate tickets?
No, they are both included in a single day Wonders of Wildlife ticket.

When is the best time to visit?
We recommend visiting during the late fall and winter months, excluding holidays. If visiting in the spring or summer months, we recommend visiting Monday through Thursday.

How long does it take to explore the galleries and aquarium?
It will take visitors 3-5 hours to explore the galleries and aquarium. The Wildlife Galleries itself is about .5 miles, while the aquarium is about 1 mile.

Is this museum appropriate for kids?

Is parking available?
Yes. Parking is free across the Wonders of Wildlife and Bass Pro Shops campus. Handicapped parking spots are available in front of the primary entrance at 1935 S Campbell as well as outside the Aquarium’s Great Oceans Hall at 500 W Sunshine. Both entries also offer space for pick-up and drop-off access. Overflow parking is available at the Cherokee Street entrance to Outdoor World located on the south side of the building.

Are the aquarium and galleries accessible?
Yes. Wonders of Wildlife is wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly with elevators available throughout. Wagons or wagon style strollers are not permitted in the museum due to narrow walkways. Ample seating is available in various areas of the Wildlife Galleries and the Aquarium Adventure. Lawn and camping chairs are not permitted.

Can I rent a wheelchair, scooter, or stroller?
All rentals are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Scooters are available to rent for a four hour period for an additional fee of $25.
  • Single strollers are available to rent for an additional fee of $7.
  • Double strollers are available to rent for an additional fee of $10.
  • Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge.

Can I take pictures inside the galleries?
Yes. However, flash photography is prohibited. Guests are encouraged to take as many photos as they would like, and video is allowed of all shows and experiences.

Is a cafe or food court onsite?
Yes. Fish Tales Café, a quick grab and go food service is located in the Great Ocean’s Hall. Fish Tales Café offers soups, sandwiches, salads, pizza, a kid’s menu, and gluten-free options.* Guests may also purchase snacks and refreshments at a snack bar located in the upper Shipwreck area.

*Gluten-free items are prepared in a kitchen with items containing gluten.

Can I bring outside food and beverages inside?

Are there accommodations for nursing mothers?
Yes. A mother’s nursing room is available in our Great Oceans Hall, near the Hemmingway boat, toward the gift shop exit. Changing tables are provided in every restroom.

Can I leave the museum and return on the same day?
You are welcome to leave and come back during the day. Re-entry will require proof of purchase (i.e. ticket stub and/or receipt).

Does the museum offer lockers for rent?
No. A coat check is offered for a small fee.

Can I bring my service animal?
Service Animals are welcome at Wonders of Wildlife. Wonders of Wildlife follows Title I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which defines Service Animals as dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples include:
  • Guide Dog or Seeing Eye® Dog
  • Hearing or Signal Dog
  • Psychiatric Service Dog
  • SSigDOG
  • Seizure Response Dog

Service Animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the Service Animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the Service Animal through voice, signal or other effective controls. Service Animal Relief areas are located outdoors, on any of the grassy areas surrounding Wonders of Wildlife.

For the health and safety of your animal and ours, emotional support/comfort/therapy animals and pets are not permitted within Wonders of Wildlife.