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Discovery World

500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
+1 414-765-9966
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Amazing sights, great view of Lake Michigan, interactive education

Discovery World was an unexpected gem on our trip. It is like an aquarium and science/technology... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Krista S
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Northern Wisconsin, United States
Very Educational with Fantastic Interactive Exhibits

What a fabulous museum! There’s two main sections to the museum; the engineering side and the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
VikkiBee
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the environment with exploration and learning through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. We are dedicated to helping people positively impact their communities by developing a better understanding of technology and the environment while fostering both innovation and creativity. Discovery World is a 120,000-square foot facility that includes interactive science, technology and freshwater exhibits, learning labs, theaters, television and audio studios, and fresh and saltwater aquariums. Venture into our world of technology Take a 3-D journey into virtual environments. Feel the dips and dives of flying an airplane. Lie on a bed of nails. See the inside of a nuclear reactor. Immerse yourself in our world of water See aquatic life from the Great Lakes, North Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Interact with stingrays, sea urchins, sturgeons, and more in our touch tank. Navigate your own ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). View the world's largest model of the Great Lakes while you learn about native amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Discovery World is also home to the S/V Denis Sullivan, a 137-foot replica of a 19th century Great Lakes schooner and a floating classroom for water education and conservation programs, day and night sails, and private receptions. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, our grounds and promenade provide plenty of opportunity for strolling, picnicking or just enjoying the view.
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500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
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Reviewed yesterday

Discovery World was an unexpected gem on our trip. It is like an aquarium and science/technology museum in one. I could easily spend an entire day here, and my seven year old daughter really enjoyed it, too. My big complaint was that it was roasting...More

Thank Krista S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What a fabulous museum! There’s two main sections to the museum; the engineering side and the water system side. Engineering isn’t an interest of mine but the exhibits are absolutely fantastic for both adults and kids! On the ground floor they have various different robots...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with my daughter's class for a field trip. They have two different sides and multiple floors. The wing closest to the East has a model of a ship on the top floor. You can go down inside the ship as well as climb...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great time at Discovery World. Seeing the Great Lakes on display and the aquariums in the lower level....a must do at some point while you are in MKE or if you live there.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We now take our grandchildren there to experience the fun and learning available. The hands-on displays and exhibits please everyone. The bonus of the aquarium is always fun.

Thank JL2z
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

We got in free with our membership from the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Great place to spend the day with kids of any age. Beautiful location, a large variety of exhibits. Don't expect to find good food there however.

1  Thank gotstandards15
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

It has been a while since going, as our kids are older now- but this is a fantastic learning and exploration experience- a must stop for any family looking for an adventure in history and discovery.

Thank tim c
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

We took our 4 yr.old for first time over Thanksgiving break. To our surprise she loved it! So many things to do hands on. She really liked the do it yourself lab, exploring the ship and the aquarium. There is a lot of exhibits for...More

Thank ElSol73
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

My 12-year-old son and I went here and had high hopes. Unfortunately, the place seemed geared for younger children, and so we wound up staying only 1.5 hours. Several of the activities were broken (which is to be expected to some degree in children's science...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

They are in a beautiful location but they don't take advantage of the view except for the private room upstairs. This land should have been used for something like a restaurant, etc. Many of the exhibits were not working. The helicopter blades didn't turn, the...More

Thank JazzMusic
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Response from Guyozaukee | Reviewed this property |
The 5 year old would definitely enjoy it. The 2 year old would have a good time but may not be as entertained as his older sibling. I would definitely try it, if not now,then in a couple of years. We took our... More
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Yes there is a cafeteria. Reduced options.
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Yes, there is parking. We were able to walk from our hotel so we didn’t use the parking.
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