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Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

560 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
608-254-2525
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Type: Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Owner description: Visitors can journey through the original Russian MIR space station, as well as other exhibits.
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Type: Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Owner description: Visitors can journey through the original Russian MIR space station, as well as other exhibits.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

I am 32. This place has not changed since I went there on a school field trip in middle school! What a disappointment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Exploratory was a great find for our family. Other reviews mentioned that the displays and the museum were out of date, but we had a great time. The space station themr captured our imsginations right away. The exhibits were truly hands-on, and geat for our kids.

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

if you are on a family vacation this is definitely the place for you! My favorite was the hair rising experience! However, if you are couple or adults only group...you will not find it very appropriate for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Awesome place to visit off season. Less people means more interaction. We were able to explore, play, think, and learn at our own pace. It was exciting to go back and try something more than once. This is where STEM begins.

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Chicago, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The exploratory reminds me of a children's science museum. My kids really enjoyed all the hands on interactive displays. I could see it being a madhouse during peak season and I was glad we were able to take our time without crowds of people all over. I found some of the displays to be a bit dated and cheesy (80's... More 

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Saukville, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Its hard with these kid attractions to keep things clean and freshly painted (not worn down from lots of little hands) TBE does a good job of this everything seemed well maintained. My child was terrified but my husband loves science and thought the place was pretty cool. :)

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Although many of the science activities were dated, our family of 6 (4 kids ages 4, 6,10 and 11) all loved this attraction! The entire building houses hands-on science type activities and games. We could have spent hours there, but came later in the evening, so had about 2 hours. Loved the hands-on nature of the attractions, a great activity... More 

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Waukegan, Illinois
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I've been traveling to the Dells almost every year since I was a child. I was never interested in this show but I finally gave it a chance at 30 years old. It was quite entertaining and I enjoyed it a great deal. I don't believe I'd go again only because I was informed they perform the same acts every... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

Lots of fun hands on science stuff for the kids to do and while it's a little pricey for admission it was well worth it. Perfect place to take kids if your looking for something different to do

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I loved it as a kid, its still as dated as when I was a kid. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of fun quirky things you can find and do here. It's probably really great for children. I cant justifiably tell you its worth the $15 general admission, but if you can get discount tickets, $7-10. Its... More 

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