We visited the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee over Spring Break, and I have to say, it was a pricey visit ($84) just to be barely mildly entertained. The museum falls short on creativity, interactive opportunities for the younger kids, and interesting facts for the teens and adults. Our kids are 13, 11, and 8. The 8 year old was BORED to tears. Although the website says there are "interactive" exhibits, we went to the Great Lakes exhibit where there was not much to look at. I think my older ones were interested just because it was different. Seeing how the bottom of the lakes look was somewhat interesting, but you have to crawl on your hands and knees on hardwood, which, as an adult, hurts a bit and ruins nice clothing. They didn't even connect Lake Michigan to the other lakes; it was connected by painting on the floor. So, it really gave us adults the impression of lacking the genius that one finds in Chicago or Rockford area museums. There is so much more they could have done with it, especially given it applies to this area - the museum is right by Lake Michigan. It was disappointing to see a "major" museum fall so short. Then, onto Les Paul exhibit. Two of my kids are very active in music (violin), so we thought this would be very cool. Wrong! None of the guitars can be removed from the wall, so you basically look at them (nice, but what kid just wants to look?). There weren't even actual music recordings of Les Paul's work so we could identify why he he had an entire exhibit devoted just to him. I walked away feeling as uninformed about what he did for music as I did going in. There are one or two small things that are interactive, but either they didn't work when we were there, or we weren't doing it correctly. We are regular visitors to museums everywhere we go and we found this a mediocre museum and mildly entertaining. We bought the year pass (a total of $6 more than the total for day passes) but I don't know if we'll return. There are too many great museums in Chicago or Rockford that call to us rather than driving two hours, wasting gas and time, on something that falls quite short of our expectation. Would we recommend it? No, not really. Drive to Chicago or Rockford and visit their museums instead.
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