SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The chairman of the board of the Wonders of Wildlife Museum said Wednesday that its grand opening is now projected for the fall of 2014. That's later than the date of January 2014 that was provided to reporters last November, a date that was later changed to "spring 2014" on WOW's website.
WOW Board chairman Rob Keck spoke to Rotary Club and Rotaract Club members from Springfield and Ozark at a lunch at the White River Conference Center on Wednesday. He said the continued delay in opening is caused by the complex nature of the construction project and the collection of wildlife that will be on display.
Wonders of Wildlife, which was formally known as the American National Fish and Wildlife Museum, opened in 2001 at the southwest corner of Campbell Avenue at Sunshine Street. At that time, it was a nonprofit entity that received some state and local tax funds, along with private donations from Bass Pro Shops and its owner, Johnny Morris, who had the big vision for the project.