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Discovery World

Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: +1 414-765-9966
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Ranked #22 of 240 things to do in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, Museums
Owner description: Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the environment with exploration and...
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Type: Science museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If you are a fan of one of the biggest sci-fi movie franchises that starts with Star and ends in Wars, come to Discovery World in October. The event is not really advertised but wow! People in costume, duels, robots running around, realted crafts, and still using the Discovery World exhibits makes this a must-do in October.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We took our nephews to Discovery World when they were in town and they loved it. The interactive displays were fun and kept them entertained for hours. I think their favorite part was the aquarium. It was beautiful and had a lot of neat fish and sharks. There is also an interactive sting ray exhibit which was a big hit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Coming from Chicago we have high expectations for our museums and this one delivered. We loved this place! The exhibits were very well designed and just pretty cool to look at. Everything was interactive and the whole place was well designed. We could have easily spent the whole day here. Our boys, 9 & 11, stayed engaged the whole time... More 

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Franklin Wi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Located in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan shores the Discovery World Museum is a very interesting place to visit. You can book a ride on a sailing vessel, they offer classes and exhibits and have an awesome Les Paul exhibit as he was a Wisconsin native. There are many famous rock bands that pay him homage in the display and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We LOVE going to Discovery World with our 5 year old and 9 year old. The aquarium is great, with a touch pool where you can touch small sharks, sting rays and sturgeon. There's a huge old ship that kids can climb around on called "The Challenge." The Les Paul exhibit is great. There's a flight simulator, a bed of... More 

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We have a 3 year old and a 13 year old son. Both of our boys enjoy coming here. The aquarium is a lot of fun. The music exhibit is a lot of fun. There is a lot of musical history in Milwaukee and the museum does a great job showcasing it. There is enough to do for everyone to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

What do you do with an energetic toddler when it's too cold to be outside? Take a trip to Discovery World, that's what! Our little one was too young to really appreciate all the attractions, but she loved running around, and pressing any button she could find in the technology and science area. Us parents enjoyed it too. The aquarium... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Many interesting things to see. Great and easy parking. It's not cheap but it's well worth the money. We go every once and a while and take the grand kids. They love it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon. Everyone in our party of five, ages 4 - 69, found something new, interesting, and fun. This is worth multiple visits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

PROS: ASTC member museum; covered parking in the basement of the museum building (there may be cheaper parking outside in the street but paid basement parking lot is heated and secure. We ended up leaving our coats in the car and taking the elevator upstairs. Great selection of exhibits for the tech-minded young ones (the first floor of the main... More 

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