Outdoors enthusiasts will be ecstatic to learn that Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium opens this week.

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of a fish and wildlife attraction that is 350,000 square feet, 1.5-million-gallon aquarium, 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds (demonstrating over 800 species), and over 1.5 miles of trails. More than 40 leading conservation organizations contributed to Wonders of Wildlife.

Wonders of Wildlife even included halls of fame such as Boone and Crockett’s National Collection of Heads and Horns, International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) Fishing Hall of Fame, The National Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, The National Archery Hall of Fame, and The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum.

Conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris talked about his exhibit. “Wonders of Wildlife is an inspirational journey around the world that celebrates the role of hunters and anglers as America’s true conservation heroes,” Morris said. “We proudly invite families and sportsmen to come share the wonder with an unforgettable experience meant to inspire generations of future conservationists.”

Morris said he has always wanted to give everyone a chance to experience the beautiful outdoors. According to Johnny Morris Bass Pro Shops bio, “The museum and aquarium pay homage to the sportsmen and women of yesterday, today and tomorrow with the knowledge that the surest way to preserve our rich outdoor heritage is to expose more people to its awe-inspiring beauty.”

The size of the project required an experienced team that spent over nine years, in a massive project, creating the detail-oriented exhibits and displays. As a matter of fact, over 2,000 painters, sculptors, woodworkers, iron workers, taxidermists, illustrators, designers, scientists, biologists, engineers, and others contributed to Wonders of Wildlife.



 

If you do go to Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, consider these elements beforegoing:

Wear appropriate shoes. The tour is long (about four hours), so wear comfortable shoes, preferably tennis shoes. If your feet start to hurt because of your shoes, you won’t enjoy the tour as much as if you were wearing comfortable shoes.

If children want to go, make sure they know they will be walking for a while. The kids probably will not notice how much walking they have done while on and after the tour (because of the exhibits and displays), but they should be prepared ahead of time so they know what they are in for.

Consider these while on the tour:

Take your time. These animals are not something you see everyday. In fact, this is probably the only time you will ever see these animals; take advantage of this opportunity.

Also, look at everything closely and multiple times. You will not see every little detail the first time when you look at each exhibit (there’s so much detail throughout the tour).



Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium opens daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 22; it is located at 500 West Sunshine Street in Springfield, Missouri (next to Bass Pro Shops headquarter). Interested individuals can visit www.wondersofwildlife.org for more information.