WOW Digital Aquarium

Springfield, Mo. – 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 USA TODAY.

The poll ranks the top 20 prominent institutions across North America, and the fourth win by the conservation-based museum and aquarium is unprecedented in the history of this prestigious national award.

This latest honor marks the fifth USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Awards recognition for WOW, having also earned “America’s Best New Attraction” in its grand opening year of 2017.

“We are honored by this recognition and so grateful to our guests, members and fans for their votes and support,” said noted conservationist, avid angler and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “At Wonders of Wildlife, our talented team is driven by a collective passion for conservation and educating the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. We are very grateful to all of the countless individuals and organizations who share a strong passion for conservation. Together we hope the awareness generated by this award encourages even more people to visit and are driven to enjoy and protect the great outdoors.”

Wonders of Wildlife

The Aquarium was nominated for the contest by a panel of nationally respected travel experts as part of USA Today’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards. Members of the public across the United States and Canada were invited to cast their vote every day during the month of May to determine a winner.

Wonders of Wildlife is a gift to the outdoor enthusiasts of America from Johnny Morris, who endeavored to create a world-class, not-for-profit conservation attraction located in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, next to Bass Pro Shops’ flagship headquarters store – where half the nation’s population lives within a day’s drive. Unprecedented in scale and scope, Wonders of Wildlife spans 350,000 square feet and is larger than the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Family GBR Tank

Wonders of Wildlife features an immersive design, with surprises around every corner and more than 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. It is unlike any other aquarium on earth. Fans cite the aquarium’s over-the-top multi-sensory habitats, engaging interactive exhibits and strong conservation ethic as defining features that set WOW apart and is part of the reason the aquarium continues to be recognized.

We are both humbled and honored to be named America’s Best Aquarium. Thank you to all who voted and who remain our steadfast partners in conservation!


Thank You To All Our Partners in Conservation!