Mark Wahlburg and President Bush Explore Wonders of Wildlife Museum

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium officially opened its doors to the public today. Johnny Morris’ latest project features 350,000 square feet, 35,000 live animals, and at least three curious explorers—President George W. Bush, Mark Wahlburg, and a shark-diving Secretary Ryan Zinke.

The trio attended a pre-opening event earlier this week in Springfield, along with dozens of celebrities from around the nation, including former President Jimmy Carter. But it was Bush, Wahlburg, and Zinke who stole the spotlight by delivering impeccably-timed one-liners, sheer star power, and a bizarre spectacle which saw the current Secretary of the Interior SCUBA diving with sharks in front of a gathered crowd of children.

Other celebrities in attendance included Kevin Costner, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, John Anderson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Below is a brief gallery, images courtesy of Bass Pro Shops:

Also below, a video of Secretary Zinke enjoying a dive in the aquarium:

Bass Pro Shops officials say that more than 2,000 painters, sculptors, woodworkers, iron workers, taxidermists, illustrators, designers, scientists, biologists and engineers contributed to the all-new facility. Some rooms took over a year to paint from floor to ceiling. The International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame is is located on the grounds, highlighted by a 300,000 gallon open ocean habitat complete with a replica Great Barrier Reef.

The museum is open every day except for Christmas. More info available at