International Game Fish Association Relocates Museum Exhibits

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) announced today that it will be relocating its Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit from the first floor of its international headquarters in South Florida to a new wildlife museum and aquarium operated by the Johnny Morris Foundation in Springfield, Missouri USA. IGFA will continue to own its Dania building and the first floor space vacated by the museum will be renovated into a new conservation and events center, to be operated by Bass Pro Shops.

IGFA President Rob Kramer stated “The opportunity provided by long-time IGFA friend and supporter Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops to showcase our Hall of Fame and collections in his new museum and aquarium will allow us to dramatically increase our exposure to the public. This strategic business move will also allow IGFA to reallocate resources to core programs such as game fish conservation, education, rules, record keeping and maintaining the history of our sport”. The headquarters for the 75 year-old world-renowned fishing organization will remain in the IGFA facility along with the E. K. Harry Library of Fishes, the world’s largest collection of fishing films, photographs and publications on recreational fishing.

The decision comes after several months of discussions among IGFA Board members and the Bass Pro Shops team concerning the benefits of relocating the attraction and its relevance to the IGFA’s overall mission. The IGFA’s involvement with education and conservation initiatives around the world has increased significantly over the last decade. By continuing to direct its efforts to these important areas, the IGFA will increase its effectiveness both nationally and internationally.

FAQ’s

Why are you moving the fishing Hall of Fame and museum exhibits?

We are moving the fishing Hall of Fame and museum exhibits because we have an excellent and unique opportunity with longtime supporter Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops. This move will allow us to increase our exposure for these exhibits that will remain IGFA property but be on loan by some 40-fold.  It will also allow IGFA to better leverage the asset of its building to provide revenue, which will then be directed towards its conservation and education initiatives.

When will the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum close?

The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will close to the public on April 15, 2015 and renovation of the first floor will begin. 

Do you still own the IGFA building?

Yes, IGFA has complete ownership of the facility which was paid off in full after a Capital Campaign in 2008.

Is this a merger between IGFA and Bass Pro Shops?

No.  Both organizations are completely separate entities.  The IGFA Hall of Fame exhibit will be relocated to Springfield, Missouri and Bass Pro Shops will be leasing space on the first floor of the IGFA headquarters.

What is Bass Pro Shops going to do with the first floor?

Currently plans are for Bass Pro Shops to repurpose the first floor into an events center that can be used for large-scale meetings, conferences and other events.  IGFA will continue to hold several of its events each year in this space

Will there still be education programs at the facility?

Education is part of the core IGFA mission.  IGFA will continue to provide educational opportunities, both at our facility and through outreach.  With that said, some of our educational programs may be reformatted or replaced with other education efforts.  We will be determining what, if any, changes will be made to specific programs that are currently operated out of the facility, like camps and labs, over the next several weeks.  As soon as we know, we will inform the public.

For more information on the future home of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and museum exhibits, click here.

For further information, contact the IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; phone 954-927-2628, fax: 954-924-4299.