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Wonders of Wildlife Sneak Peek: Inside the Great African Hall

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  KOLR10 travels to the Wonders of Wildlife Museum's Great African Hall on Tuesday before the grand opening Friday, Sept. 22.

While the exhibit is in the Ozarks, guests might not know that by the look of things - or the feel. The exhibits are each a different climate as people walk through them. The Africa exhibit, much like the country, was much warmer than the Open Ocean exhibit KOLR10 visited Monday.

The Great African Hall includes several different types of animals, whether painted or taxidermied. 

The Wolken brothers are local artists who are two of the hundreds of craftsmen who worked on the museum. They hand-painted murals for Wonders of Wildlife, and spent nearly 5,000 hours painting Africa.

"Part of the challenge of a space like this, isn't just that it's large, it's also that it requires a lot of detail because it is a museum," Artist Adam Wolken said. "So it took a lot more hours than a traditional mural to get that level of precision and quality."

Guests can learn about the animals, and their environment, from a combination of plaques, iPads and interactive reading.  

Get more information about the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium here.


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