Wonders Upon Wonders

Massive wildlife museum brings world to Missouri

Posted: January 14, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Courtesy Photo Each habitat at Wonders of Wildlife features painstaking attention to detail, including massive hand-painted murals, native foliage and special effects that deliver the dry sun of the African Savannah and more.

It's impossible for most people to afford to go "around the world in 80 days" -- except in the novel and film of that name. But travelers to a new museum in Springfield, Mo., can transcend both space and time to stand in the middle of a 21st century diorama and smell the wild, feel the wind and see four species of mountain sheep. They can visit the African Savannah and get close enough to almost touch lifelike elephants, giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and zebras. They can plunge to the depths of the ocean and explore a sunken shipwreck, now home to reef dwellers like eels, groupers and lobsters. And they can stand in the middle of an ocean habitat teeming with zebra sharks, leopard rays and sea turtles.


Wonders of Wildlife

National Museum & Aquarium

WHEN — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (some days will end at 5 p.m., depending on the season)

WHERE — 500 W. Sunshine St. in Springfield, Mo.

COST — $23.95-$39.95 for everything; $19.95-$29.95 for the aquarium; $9.95-$14.95 for the wildlife galleries

INFO — 888-222-6060 or email info@wondersofwildlife.org


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Wonders of Wildlife was voted America’s Best New Attraction for 2017 in a poll released this month by USA Today.

Courtesy Photo The aquarium at Wonders of Wildlife includes more than 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds representing more than...

Courtesy Photo Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium opened Sept. 22 in Springfield, Mo.

Courtesy Photo Sheep mountain includes mounts of more than 40 rec0rd-setting sheep from around the world, the personal collection of avid adventurer A...

Courtesy Photo Visitors to Wonders of Wildlife can pop up in the middle of a school of piranha.

Courtesy Photo Immersive habitats bring visitors face to face with lifelike animals, like these musk ox captured under the Northern Lights.

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