This past week Bass Pro Shops Celebrated the opening of its brand new 350,000-square- foot Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. It took more than 10 years to complete and is billed as being larger than even the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Needless to say that it is impressive.
CNBC was at the grand opening and gave us a sneak peek into what is in side. Here are some of the highlights:
WOW boasts 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds; 1.5 million gallons of freshwater and saltwater aquariums; and more than 1.5 miles of trails that meander through 4-D dioramas that share sights, sounds and smells of wildlife habitat, including the African savannah, the Amazon rainforest, ten U.S. National Parks and the Arctic.
Notable galleries on the aquarium side of WOW include a 300,000-gallon wraparound aquarium; a two-story Shipwreck Room where visitors can touch stingrays, and a 3-story “bait ball” created by thousands of herring on the defense against circling sharks. Also included is a gallery filled with photos, fishing artifacts and mementos associated with noted anglers like Ernest Hemingway, Zane Gray and several U.S. presidents (including George W. Bush and Carter).
Admission to Bass Pro Shops new WOW is a hefty $39.95 for adults and $23.95 for kids. Still, Susan Wade of the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau doesn’t think tourists or locals will balk.
The only thing I can say about WOW is WOW! Besides being just awesome in its own right. It does a good job of showing non-hunters a glimpse of the love and passion hunters and anglers have for the outdoors and wild places. Without the money spent by hunters and anglers a lot of the animals we see today might not be around. Places like this show the world that hunting is conservation.
To read CNBC’s Article CLICK HERE