Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, will open the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri on September 21.
The leading conservationist will open his new Wonders of Wildlife attraction to coincide with National Hunting & Fishing Day.
When it opens next week, Wonders of Wildlife will be home to an all-new 1.5-million-gallon aquarium adventure housing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds.
The 320,000-square foot experience celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water.
“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,” said Johnny 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.”
“Wonders of Wildlife has the opportunity, like no other attraction before it, to have a positive national impact on wildlife and conservation,” said Colin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, a key partner organization. “Johnny’s investment in this not-for-profit facility through the Johnny Morris Foundation will establish one of the most valuable and respected conservation and education centers in the world.”
The new museum has been in the works for nine years.
Officials will share more details about Wonders of Wildlife including plans for the grand opening celebration events, pricing, hours of operation and key features in the coming weeks and months.