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“I wish Discovery World was good - but its terrible!” 1 of 5 stars
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Discovery World
500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202
+1 414-765-9966
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Ranked #21 of 239 things to do in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Milwaukee, Wi
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“I wish Discovery World was good - but its terrible!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I've visited Discovery World a number of times and the most recent visit confirmed my fears that its a bad museum. The place has very little identity - its lay-out is confusing and many of the larger exhibits are rather boring and poorly designed.

There is a small aquarium which is fairly interesting, and the suspended ship is worth seeing. The rest of the exhibits are either poorly conceived or boring. As an adult interested in science and technology, this museum leaves me confused and a little angry.

The endless stream of schoolkids seem to enjoy the place, but don't go out of your way to visit. I hate to say it, but go straight to Chicago instead and visit the Field Museum, Science Museum or Shedd - Discovery World is a very weak contender to nearby heavyweights.

Visited August 2012
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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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“Toooo expensive. Tooo much broken stuff.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This place is not worth your money. Too much for tickets. $15 just for parking. Lots of hands on but so much is broken/not working. The only good thing is if you can take a ride on that Denis Sullivan (tall ship) but even that is quite expensive.

Visited February 2012
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Grayslake, Illinois
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“Lots of hands on activities.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

For $59.80 for two adults and two under 18's, we spent the morning playing with sound, laying on a bed of nails, welding virtual beams of steel, mining coal, crafting and exploring numerous hands-on exhibits.

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Franksville, Wisconsin, USA
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“Great for kids of all ages!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We were here with our daughter (now 4) and our nephew (now 11), and both were well entertained with all of the vearying displays and activities.

Visited November 2011
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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“On Lake michigan, fun interactive visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Didn't have time to get on the boat tour but loved walking through the aquarium. Bed of nails looks scary but is really awesomel, interesting exhibit on water, loved the Les Paul exhibit and summerfest signed guitar section. Cool to see all the tables with people playing chess in the atrium too.

Visited September 2012
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