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JOHNNY MORRIS’ WONDERS OF WILDLIFE VOTED “AMERICA’S BEST AQUARIUM" FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED SIXTH TIME

May 23, 2024

It’s official! Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium (WOW) in Springfield, Missouri, has once again been voted “America’s Best Aquarium” by USA Today readers....

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WONDERS OF WILDLIFE SPOTLIGHTS CONSERVATION 6th NOMINATION FOR AMERICA’S BEST AQUARIUM!

May 6, 2024

For the sixth year Wonders of Wildlife has been nominated, having won the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award five times previously. In addition, Wonders of Wildlife was named “America’s Best New Attraction” in its grand opening year...

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Wonders of Wildlife partners with fellow AZA-accredited facilities in nationwide sea turtle rehabilitation effort

March 17, 2023

As part of a nationwide commitment to conservation, 12 Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) facilities have teamed up this year to rescue and rehabilitate 518 cold-stunned sea turtles off the coast of New England. Participating...

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National Hunting and Fishing Day marks 50th anniversary with family friendly photo contest and Honorary Chairman Luke Combs

September 21, 2022

Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is putting on a celebration to remember, with the 50th anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 24...

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Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife VOTED “AMERICA’S BEST AQUARIUM” FOR A RECORD-BREAKING FOURTH TIME

June 3, 2022

For the fourth time since opening in 2017, Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium has been voted “America’s Best Aquarium” through a national public poll conducted by...

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Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium nominated again for“America’s Best Aquarium” honor by USA TODAY

April 29, 2022

For the fourth year, Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, has been nominated for the honor of “America’s Best Aquarium” as part of a...

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Seven reasons we hope you’ll vote for Wonders of Wildlife as “America’s Best Aquarium”

May 6, 2021

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, has been nominated once again for the title of “America’s Best Aquarium” as part of a national poll conducted...

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No Room at the Inn: Rrescued sea turtles flown to land-locked Missouri for Chirstmas miracle

December 23, 2020

12 endangered loggerhead sea turtles who stranded on the beaches of Cape Cod were in desperate need of a Christmas miracle when they found an unlikely refuge more than 1,200 miles from the...

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It's Official: Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife Once Again Named #1 Aquarium in North America

July 17, 2020

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium has been voted America’s Best Aquarium through a national public poll conducted by USA TODAY ranking the top...

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Fans invited to vote for Wonders of Wildlife as "America's Best Aquarium"

June 22, 2020

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri is in the running for the title of “America’s Best Aquarium” as part of a national poll conducted by...

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Wonders of Wildlife, “America’s Best Aquarium,” to Reopen May 23 with modifications to protect everyone’s health and safety

May 20, 2020

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium today announced plans to reopen tothe public beginning Saturday, May 23 after being closed over two months. The world-class...

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Wonders of Wildlife invites area kids to color pictures of encouragement for those keeping our community safe

April 15, 2020

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is inviting kids across the Ozarks to color a picture of encouragement for the everyday heroes working on the frontlines of the...

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Dogwood Canyon Nature Park Welcomes Rare White Bison

February 4, 2020

Visitors to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains now have a chance to spot a rare white American bison. The new addition joined the park’s herd of 25 earlier this year and was named Takoda, a Sioux word meaning...

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YouTube Superstars Dude Perfect named Honorary Chairs for National Hunting and Fishing Day

February 3, 2020

Social media superstars “Dude Perfect” known for their viral videos that have garneredmore than nine billion views, have been named the honorary chairs for National Hunting...

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Meet Missouri's Newest Monkey at Wonders of Wildlife

December 19, 2019

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium today announced the debut of a baby marmoset monkey that was born at the Aquarium earlier this year. The baby monkey is now out in her habitat inside the Amazon Rainforest gallery ...

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American Museum of Fly Fishing to Join Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

March 25, 2019

50 years after its founding, American Museum of Fly Fishing to join Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. Longtime steward of fly-fishing history...

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Wonders of WIldlife Celebrates the Ozarks with "Just for Neighbors" Discounted Tickets

February 25, 2019

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is inviting Ozarks area residents to escape the winter blues with half-off admission tickets during “Just for Neighbors” Days now through March 31. As a way of saying thanks to the local community...

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Wonders of Wildlife Celebrates the Ozarks with specially-discounted “Just for Neighbors” Days Through March 31

February 25, 2019

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is inviting Ozarks area residents to escape the winter blues with half-off admission tickets during “Just for Neighbors” Days now through March 31. As a way of...

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Luke Bryan, Chris Janson Announced as NHF Day 2019 Honorary Co-chairmen

January 24, 2019

Officials announced today that country music superstars Luke Bryan and Chris Janson will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 48th annual celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day)...

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Injured Veterans Ease Their Pain Diving at WOW Aquarium

November 9, 2018

When they're underwater, unconstricted by the forces of gravity, both men find relief from their pain. On Thursday, they got their chance, scuba diving among sharks, rays and colorful ocean fish at the...

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signs National Hunting and Fishing Month proclamation at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

October 4, 2018

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today addressed prominent conservationists gathered at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium and signed a proclamation naming...

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“America’s Best Aquarium” Celebrates First Anniversary Confirms an Astonishing 1.6 Million Visitors in First Full Year of Operation

September 20, 2018

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium celebrates first year by announcing attendance milestone, significant expansion plans and new additions


Year of the Bird exhibit opens at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

August 21, 2018

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is excited to partner with the National Audubon Society and Ducks Unlimited in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the...

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Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium receives significant donation from Bank of America

July 17, 2018

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium a $250,000 grant as part of its broader initiative to aid environmental programs in Missouri.


It’s official, America’s Best Aquarium is in Springfield, Missouri!

May 8, 2018

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium has been voted America’s Best Aquarium through a national public poll conducted by USA TODAY ranking the top 20 prominent...

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Flamingoes become newest addition to Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

March 16, 2018

On the heels of welcoming a colony of gentoo penguins in December, Wonders of Wildlife National Aquarium and Museum today unveiled its newest addition, six lesser flamingoes, located inside the Swamp...

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Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium voted “America’s Number One Best New Attraction”

January 5, 2018

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world, has been voted as America’s Best New Attraction.


Wonders of Wildlife asking fans to cast their vote for USA Today's “Best New Attraction”

December 8, 2017

Fans of Wonders of Wildlife can vote for the world-class museum and aquarium as USA Today's “Best New Attraction” for 2017. Everyone is invited to cast their vote once per day by visiting...

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Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium envisioned as world’s grandest tribute to conservation movement

September 19, 2017

Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris will be joined by former Presidents and hundreds of North America’s conservation leaders to unveil the all-new Wonders of Wildlife...

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Memberships, timed entry tickets now on sale for Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

September 6, 2017

Annual memberships and admission tickets are now on sale for Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium – the largest and most important natural history museum to open in America in more...

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Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium to Celebrate Grand Opening on September 21, 2017

March 29, 2017

Johnny Morris, founder/CEO of Bass Pro Shops and leading conservationist, in partnership with noted conservation partners from around the world, today announced the all new Wonders of Wildlife...

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Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium to be permanent home for Bass Fishing Hall of Fame

July 25, 2017

Relocating from Birmingham, Alabama, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame joins an unprecedented collection of national conservation partners with a presence inside a remarkable new destination showcasing...

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