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Discovery World

500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202
+1 414-765-9966
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Ranked #18 of 76 Attractions in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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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
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105 reviews 105 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This place is just fantastic. My family including grandchildren have been here multiple times. Everyone seems to find something new and interesting. Great for all ages it is just an extraordinary venue. There is science and electronics, guitars and airplanes. There is a even a ship for the kids to play on. Below the ship a few floors, is a... More

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Channahon, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We are used to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, so while the museum/aquarium piqued my kids' interest, it was OK. I thought it was expensive. They do have a cafe you can snack at. Touching the fish was great.

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Chicago, Illinois
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118 reviews 118 reviews
50 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Visited with our two grandsons - 4 and 7. They both enjoyed the museum and so did we. We were there for about 2 1/2 hours. With so many exhibits, both boys could do something different rather than constantly taking turns. They liked the flight simulator best - and so did their grandpa who landed without crashing! I think the... More

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Ocoee, Florida, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Visited with my 17 year old son. The aquarium was small but very nice. The technology part was wonderful. If ever back in the area we would definitely visit again.

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KChristman, Reservations Coordinator at Discovery World, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your "first time visit"! Thank you for your review, and we hope you can visit us again! More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It was my first I me to visit and I wish I allowed more time. There is a lot to see but the 5 yr old we took was getting a bit tired. Easy to park. Had a good time and will return.

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KChristman, Reservations Coordinator at Discovery World, responded to this review

We're glad you had a great time! Thank you for your review! More

Denver
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139 reviews 139 reviews
48 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you have to choose a museum for yourself and the family in Milwaukee, choose this one. It has something for everyone and it is hands on friendly.

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KChristman, Reservations Coordinator at Discovery World, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A great place to take your young children and teens...many hands on activities and resources....Great place for additional learning throughout the year...a variety of curriculum opportunities from Fabric Design to Robotics...

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KChristman, Reservations Coordinator at Discovery World, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your Discovery World experience! More

Elgin, Illinois, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband and I visited this museum as part of a day trip to Milwaukee. We don't have and didn't bring any children to this discovery palace but we sure did have quite a lot of fun. Immediately the museum grabs you in, enticing you to meander the "motion" exhibits before you climb the stairs to the rest of the... More

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KChristman, Reservations Coordinator at Discovery World, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting, and for taking the time to share your Discovery World experience! We're glad your husband enjoyed the "museum of work" portion :) More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

When my daughter-in-law suggested an afternoon out with our then youngest grand daughter, I wondered how long she would last. Being 2 and expecting her to 'be a big girl' was a special request. So after her afternoon nap and when her older sisters were in school, it was her chance to be the only center of Lil Gram's attention.... More

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KChristman, Reservations Coordinator at Discovery World, responded to this review

It sounds like you both had a blast! Thank you for visiting, and for sharing your review. More

Brookfield, Wisconsin
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83 reviews 83 reviews
13 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Discovery World is a fantastic place to go whether you are an adult or a child. There is so much explore and get educated about. From the aquarium, the design it lab or the movies, it's a great place to go to learn. If you haven't been to Discovery World, don't wait. Take a group or take your family and... More

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KChristman, Reservations Coordinator at Discovery World, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words! We hope you will visit us again! More

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