Springfield just got a little wilder. The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium opened on September 21. We’re impressed by the sheer size of this place, so we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.


The original iteration of the museum closed in 2007, and Bass Pro Shop’s Johnny Morris spearheaded its reopening.

340,000 square feet

The total layout spans up to 340,000 square feet. Visitors can expect interactions with live animals and immersive displays of taxidermal animals from all over the world.


There are eight aquariums allowing visitors to actually go inside and get up close and personal with its aquatic occupants.


There are more than 800 species of live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds from around the world, making up more than 35,000 total animals.

1.5 miles

A 1.5-mile indoor trail leads visitors through four-dimensional animal habitats, such as the Himalayas or the Arctic.

50,000 square feet

One of the habitats, the African Savanna, checks in at a massive 50,000 square feet on its own.