The sixth and largest WonderWorks location, opening soon in Branson, Mo., will combine family-friendly education and entertainment with hands-on exhibits to challenge the mind as they spark the imagination.
WonderWorks Branson was scheduled to open at the beginning of April, but the pandemic put those plans on hold. With the opening of the “the upside-down adventure” at 10 a.m. on June 5, guests will see extensive safety protocols including reduced capacity, enhanced cleaning efforts, social distancing measures, hand sanitizer stations, and health screenings and personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees.
“We are so excited for our grand opening and love what we are bringing to the Branson community,” says Brenda Dent, general manager of WonderWorks Branson. “This is the type of place that people have been hoping for, giving their family a great place to make memories together.”
Of course, WonderWorks Branson features the attraction’s iconic exterior—a grand house flipped upside-down. The unique façade is part of WonderWorks’ backstory that it was a top-secret laboratory that was lifted and flipped on its roof during a science experiment gone awry. Thankfully, the exhibits inside were unharmed, and once visitors pass through the inversion tunnel to get properly oriented, they are free to begin exploring.
The 48,000-square-foot interactive indoor amusement park will offer over 100 hands-on activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Some of the exhibits include a bubble room, Professor Wonder’s adventure, interactive sandbox, illusion art gallery, and Xtreme 360 bikes. Along with fan-favorite exhibits, this location is also offering exclusive Branson-area experiences that pay tribute to Branson’s history and culture, the birthplace of Route 66, and an exhibition dedicated to the military.
“We have infused this location of WonderWorks with a Branson flair that people will love,” continued Dent. “Those who visit WonderWorks Branson will learn about the history and significance of the area, as well as be able to engage in a lot of fun hands-on activities.”
The Branson Experience will offer an exploration of the city’s history, including where the name came from and what draws millions of visitors to the Ozark area each year. Since outdoor activities are popular in Branson, this exhibit even brings the outdoors inside with interactive exhibits about a favorite local pastime: fishing. The History of Branson section will also honor the famous Baldknobber Theater, which was previously located at the amusement’s address.
Another unique experience at WonderWorks Branson is a partnership with the U.S. Army that highlights STEM-related military jobs and technology through interactive exhibits, military artifacts, and a theater showing a short film called “American Pride.”
Since Springfield, Mo. was the birthplace of Route 66, WonderWorks Branson will also offer a look at the famous historical route with a Route 66 exhibit on each of the three floors, including a memory board where guests can share their own Route 66 experiences.
Last but certainly not least, while all WonderWorks locations feature an illusion art gallery, the Branson location will devote space to local artists, as well as highlighting the OZART Gallery, which showcases the work of young artists from local schools.
“We are excited about offering so many unique opportunities at this location and can’t wait to share it with everyone, Dent says. “Start planning your visit, because the family is going to love it.”
To learn more, visit WonderWorks.com/Branson.