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.
  • Explore 1.5 miles of wildlife galleries.
  • 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.

Coming soon! Johnny Morris’ Conservation Attractions Bundle where you’ll explore:

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
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"ABSOLUTELY SPEECHLESS"
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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Flyer809993
Wisconsin
"Great time but a Gripe at the end..."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 22, 2019 NEW
Weather canceled our plans in Branson for the day so we decided to come here(planned on it a different day anyway cause if great things we've heard). It is a bit pricey but we were there for 4+ hours and loved it. Tons of cool things to see and layed out very well. We loved looking at the thousands of photos with descriptions of different events. Fish aquariums were awesome and different around every corner!!! Now the gripe...we also visited Dogwood Canyon this week...part of the Bass pro network just like this aquarium...when inquiring about whether we'd receive a discount with our Bass Pro VIP discount card it was explained that we would not because these places are part of a non profit...BUT...if we had a Bass Pro credit card we could receive a discount...ok...so if I carry a high interest credit card with BASS PRO name on it I can save, but being a VIP card holder(to get this card means you made a MAJOR purchase in store...we bought a new boat) gets you nothing??? Bad decision on that one
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smalltownlove
Tennessee
"Great Visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2019 NEW
I wish we had more time . Really a great place to spend 3 or more hours . Loved all the fish and displays . Buy the year membership only a few dollars more . I’m from 8 hours away and hoping to make it back sometime this year .
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DBearNC
Wake Forest, North Carolina
"Pricey, but worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
My wife and I visited on a rainy afternoon at the end of our vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed the aquarium with its variety of fish and wildlife. The layout of the exhibits puts a lot of content into a relatively small area. The wildlife side of the exhibit was very good but not up to the aquarium, in our opinion. Our only complaint was that both the aquarium and wildlife gallery exhibits were very dark, for the most part. More light would have been welcome. Worth the money.
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Catlynn58
Springfield, MO
"Beautiful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
The Wonders of Wildlife is an incredible place to visit. The displays are out of this world and you can tell a lot of thought went into the building. It was interesting to be able to pet the stingrays. This is a place meant to be enjoyed by young and old.
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heffkids
Saint Louis, Missouri
"Outstanding worth every penny!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2019 NEW
My first instinct was that this $50 per person cost would not be worth it My family wanted to see it so we so we went and spent the $200 for all 4 my 2 year old grandson was free I can honestly tell you that it's worth every penny. About halfway through your thinking it's must be on almost over... but no there is so much to see. The aquarium's are unbelievable witj a 8 foot shark and then you get to the section where the little kids can touch the the Rays and the Sea and enemies. really well done. A full history from early Bass boats to today modern boats and mounts of most all the animals of the world. they say it takes 3 to 4 hours to see but figure on 4+ Don't miss any of it if I can give them 10 Stars I would!!
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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?
Yes. However, guests can choose to visit both during their trip. It is recommended guests purchase the Wonders of Wildlife combo ticket should they choose to visit both the Wildlife Galleries and Aquarium Adventure in one day.

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 takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete the 1.5 miles of wildlife galleries and about 2 hours to see everything in the aquarium.

Is this museum appropriate for kids?
Yes.

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 or scooter?
Yes. Scooters are available to rent for a four hour period for an additional fee of $20. Strollers are also available to rent for $7. Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge. All rentals are available on a first come, first served basis.

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?
No.

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.