Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Welcome to Springfield and the Granddaddy of all Outdoor Stores.
The National Headquarters of Bass Pro Outdoor WorldThe original Bass Pro Shop is located in the heart of Springfield, Missouri at the intersection of Campbell and Sunshine Street. The store is almost 500,000 square feet in size and is dedicated to the beauty of the outdoors with art from local artists and craftsmen prominently displayed on all the walls and ceilings making the store part shopping experience and part art museum visit.
Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium
America's Wildlife Museum & Aquarium will open in 2016 after a seven-year renovation managed thru the vision and passion of Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. The museum and aquarium features a 315,000 square-foot wonderland of all things conservation.
One enormous room highlights the way fish habitats can be formed by things like a sunken ship. To make you feel like you’re walking through a shipwreck, the walls and ceiling are covered in barnacles and large artificial fish and sharks “swim” overhead. The lights are low and mostly glow out of the tanks, which makes it feel like you’re undersea. And in the center of it all is a two-story floor-to-ceiling cylindrical tank housing a ship’s mast and gorgeous saltwater fish. At the base of the tank, visitors will get to dip their hands into a shark and stingray touch tank.
The shipwreck is just one room of many, each with a theme that displays marine life from just about every habitat across the globe: oceans, lakes, streams, rainforests, swamps and more.