Wonders of Wildlife Museum Announces Grand Opening

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After two decades in the making, the Wonders of Wildlife museum announces a date for its grand opening.

According to a press release, the Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium will open its doors on Sep. 21, 2017 which fittingly coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Johnny Morris, the founder, and CEO of Bass Pro Shops - which is home to the Wonders of Wildlife - is happy for the upcoming celebration.

"I am proud and excited that this special facility dedicated to those who love the outdoors will open in the heart of America in our hometown, Springfield, Missouri," says Morris.

"We are deeply grateful to the many remarkably talented individuals and world-class conservation organizations that have come together for the past nine years to help make this vision a reality. It is our shared hope that the tremendous investment of time, energy and resources will have a profound, positive long-term impact on the future of hunting, fishing, and conservation in America."

The release adds the 320,000-square foot museum will be the "largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world."

The attraction will include:

  • 1.5 million-gallon aquarium adventure

  • More than a mile of immersive trails and exhibits spanning 320,000-square feet

  • 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds representing 700 species

  • More than 70,000 square feet of immersive wildlife galleries and dioramas

  • Boone and Crockett Club's National Collection of Heads and Horns

  • International Game Fish Association's Fishing Hall of Fame

  • National Bass Fishing Hall of Fame

  • NRA National Sporting Arms Museum

  • National Archery Hall of Fame

  • Partnerships with 34 of the world's foremost conservation organizations

Special guests, conservation partners, and dignitaries from across America will be in attendance. The event will also honor the positive role hunters and anglers play in wildlife conservation, inspiring future generations of outdoor stewards.

The grand opening coincides with several significant conservation landmarks in September including the 80th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing legislation establishing an excise tax on firearms and ammunition to fund wildlife conservation, known as the Pittman-Robertson Act - a bill that generated billions in conservation funds.

It also marks the 80th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited, one of the foremost conservation organizations in the world and a key museum partner.

Additionally, September 2017 is the 211th anniversary of the completion of the historic Lewis and Clark expedition, which will be one of many milestones featured inside Wonders of Wildlife.

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