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Discovery World

500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
+1 414-765-9966
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We got in free with our membership from the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Great place... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bloomington, Illinois
Fun Discoveries and Learning Experience

It has been a while since going, as our kids are older now- but this is a fantastic learning and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tim c
mount pleasant, WI
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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 2 days ago

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.

Thank gotstandards15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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
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

1  Thank 907blaked
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
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We have visited Discovery World on more than one occasion and enjoyed it every time. There is always something new to see or do. Our family enjoyed the aquarium side more than the robotics side, but that is mostly due to the age of our...More

Thank AKRoy
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Loved the robotics part in the museum. A lot of virtual reality gigs. I enjoyed being a kid and just having fun. Pulleys. Gears. Robots. Touching sting rays and other sea life.

Thank lifesadventurer
Reviewed 1 November 2017

This museum is amazing. Tons of unique and hands on exhibits. Would definitely recommend going here.

Thank brandonkamine
Reviewed 24 October 2017

On August 1st, our school group returned from a five day excursion aboard the schooner DENIS SULLIVAN. I suspect that the Discovery World Museum is not aware of how this vessel is being run by the current Captain, Tiffany Krihwan. I was appalled at the...More

1  Thank jcopeland2017
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Enjoy a day learning about the Great Lakes in a place that encourages touching exhibits and playing imaginatively. My kids have spoken for many years about "Stewie" the Sturgeon, and he is the reason they ask to go back, but there is so much more...More

Thank Jenna S
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Kelly F
7 January 2018|
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Response from Beto6226 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a cafeteria. Reduced options.
6 August 2017|
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Response from mvsap | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is parking. We were able to walk from our hotel so we didn’t use the parking.
Kathleen R
1 November 2016|
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Response from vthereandnow | Reviewed this property |
It's $14 over 60 and if you are a veteran it is $12