We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 560 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Phone Number: 608-254-2525
Description: Visitors can journey through the original Russian MIR space station, as...
Visitors can journey through the original Russian MIR space station, as well as other exhibits.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 250 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
bring the kids

This is mostly a place for kids. Being an adult and a kid at heart i had fun. updates could be used in some areas. had fun making my hair stand up. beware of kids wanting to get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Aattview
Add Photo Write a Review

250 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If you are familiar with Milwaukee's Discovery World, this exhibit was very similar just about 10 times less exciting. There are a couple exhibits that were interesting, but overall dated and needs a revamping. Save your money,

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I came to the Dells for our 4 year wedding anniversary. The plan had been to go horseback riding then go down town and have an old timey photo taken. (Capones. Amazing staff great photo) then to Ishnala for dinner then Ho Chunk for hotel and gambling. Anyhow, the horseback place was closed. We had to improvise.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portage, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Its got a lot of hands on items and some space shuttle items also. Its quite interactive, we went withe the Grandkids and they enjoyed also.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is mostly a place for kids. Being an adult and a kid at heart i had fun. updates could be used in some areas. had fun making my hair stand up. beware of kids wanting to get in front of you to use stuff.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lakefield, Minnesota, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This place has many neat features. I loved the way they "transported" you into an exploration adventure. Had a lot of fun with all the hands on experiments and activities, even lifted a 5000 pound vehicle by myself! The MIR space station was also very fascinating.

Was this review helpful? Yes
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My husband and my I took our son here. I remember brining my niece here when she was younger and she loved it so i wanted to take my son. It was as good as i remember. My son is 2 and very smart it was a little advanced but he still had a blast and loved it. It was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Duluth, MN
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My 12 year old son and I stopped here when we visited this past weekend. I was pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of exhibits. I would say this is worth the time with kids that like science. Probably try to go when it's not packed to be able to get the most of the exhibits.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I liked the amazing number of hands on activities. Each station offers a "what to do" that tells you how to perform the activity, as well as an explanation of how and why it works. It is entertaining, exciting, and educational all at the same time.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Waterloo, Iowa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Very fun, staff was super friendly. A lot like the Imaganirium in Waterloo but on a much bigger scale. Loved riding the bike on a high wire!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The kids(6/8) really enjoyed this even though many of the exhibits are showing their age and a few needed repair.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Tommy Bartlett Exploratory also viewed

 

Been to Tommy Bartlett Exploratory? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tommy Bartlett Exploratory staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?