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Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

Step Inside the Wonders of Wildlife—the “Best” New Museum in America

Bass Pro Shops’ brand-new museum is a must-visit attraction for hunters and anglers

In April 2016, I lucked into an early, sneak peek at Johnny Morris's Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Back then, there was still construction going on and some of the exhibits had not yet opened, but what I did see was simply amazing. For starters, the whitetail and other big-game trophies on display were jaw-dropping—absolute giants. But what was most impressive was attention to detail in the taxidermy and dioramas. Nearly two years later, I still remember one particular full-body whitetail mount that had frost around its nose, and when you see some of the more over-the-top exhibits, such as the polar room or "Sheep Mountain," you feel like you're in another world. And then there were the aquariums, full of freshwater and saltwater fish, big-gamers and panfish. It was all a little overwhelming—in the best possible way.

Needless to say, I was blown away by the place, and I was not at all surprised when it was voted as "America's Number One Best New Attraction" by USA Today. "We are honored that Wonders of Wildlife has been voted America's Number One Best New Attraction," Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris said. "This recognition is a tribute to hunters, anglers and conservationists everywhere whose significant contributions have been protecting our nation's fish and wildlife for generations."

If you’re looking for a cool new place to visit, it's hard to go wrong with the Wonders of Wildlife. Till then, here’s your own sneak peek at the museum.

Africa After Dark Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Lions surround a wall tent.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Bait Ball Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
A school of baitfish swirls around a shark.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Bait Ball Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
There are some exhibits in the aquarium where you feel like you’re underwater.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Africa diorama Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Artists paint the backdrop for an African diorama.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Great African Hall Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
A pair of bull elephants stand their ground in the Great African Hall.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
great oceans hall Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
A full-size whale and sportfishing boat compete for your attention in the Great Oceans Hall.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Muskox and Wolves Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
The Northern Lights shine above muskoxen and a pack of wolves.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Polar Exploration Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Elsewhere on the Tundra, a walrus loafs on an ice floe.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
sheep mountain wonders of wildlife
No question, Sheep Mountain is one of the most remarkable exhibits in the museum.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
sheep mountain closeup Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Up close and personal with a massive ram.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
The Wonders of Wildlife
The Wonders of Wildlife is located in Springfield, Mo. You can order tickets here.Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium