Located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters, the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium project involved a multi-phased renovation and expansion of a 100,000 SF facility to boast world-class exhibits and galleries. The expansion involved a complete gut of the interiors, demolition of the center building structure, a new basement to house the complex life support systems and structural enhancements for a variety of fresh and saltwater exhibits.
The displays include a flooded rain forest exhibit, shark and ray touch tanks, catfish and turtle feeding pools, a large living coral tank and a nocturnal swamp, just to name a few. These immersive exhibits bring museum visitors up close with over 35,000 animals, including over 800 species of sharks, rays, jellyfish, eels and sport fish.
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The facility also includes a Conservation Education Center/exhibition hall and a 75,000 SF connector mall. The Conservation Education Center offers interactive classroom programs and serves museum educational programs and the Springfield Public Schools WOLF School to provide fun educational space. The exhibit hall is equipped with advanced technology and can accommodate up to 650 people. In 2018, Wonders of Wildlife was voted ‘America’s Best Aquarium’ by USA TODAY.