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Discovery World

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Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
Phone Number: +1 414-765-9966
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the...

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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First visit and liked it a lot.

Though kids are the focus it could be for any age. Interesting place showing how things work. Beautiful location on the lakefront.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Burlington, Vermont

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are members and go a few times a year. Took 4 kids 12-8-and 2 6 year Olds. They all loved it. Many hands on things to do. The aquarium is great also with touch ponds so you can feel an assortment of aquaticsome. They have a special Halloween night we are going to can't wait it sounds amazing. Go... More 

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KChristman, Volunteer & Development Supervisor at Discovery World, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and support! We look forward to you joining us for Halloween Members Night! More 

Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Milwaukee. Loved Discovery World! They had so much to offer! My son tried out the bed of nails, the 3-D hive exhibit/film was great, both boys liked the airplane simulator, and the gear display was pretty cool. I liked the tic-tac-toe robot and the musical balls display. There was lots to see and do.... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though kids are the focus it could be for any age. Interesting place showing how things work. Beautiful location on the lakefront.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the best places for kids we have been. They loved seeing how everything works and being able to try it all themselves. What a great place!

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the 3 grandchildren loved the hands on exhibits. we spent about 4 hours looking at the different exhibits. We also became members and used our membership in La Crosse, WI the following month with our grandchildren. It offers a lot for children & adults.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family enjoys this place because there is something for everyone. The exhibits change regularly so it's worth it to have a membership to visit often. There is a military discount and kids 3 and under are free. Kohls Design It lab is a fun way for kids to explore art. It is open on the weekends and free with... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The plethora of exhibits appeal to a wide variety of ages. The staff is always friendly and helpful. There are many hands-on activities, and curiosity is encouraged! Well worth the price of membership.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Pros: variety of exhibits. It's basically 2-for-1 admission, since you get to see the science museum and aquarium. I liked the local focus of some of the exhibits - like the Great Lakes display. Cons: some of the exhibits were cheesy. Some staff weren't too professional. I wished there was a cafe and/or coffee shop on-site.

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KChristman, Volunteer & Development Supervisor at Discovery World, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review! We always appreciate feedback, as we continually strive to improve the Discovery World experience for guests. Discovery World does indeed have a Cafe, which has a delicious selection of prepared salads, sandwiches, and other assorted goods, so we hope you'll stop by during your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

A wonderful museum, aquarium and climate center set on the shores of Lake Michigan. If you search the Internet or you are with a large group, you can get discounts on your admission. If you join the Discovery Center, park under the building for a discounted price. We spent at least 2 hours at the discovery center with the grandchildren.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Such a cool place, not just for the kids, but adults, too. Fun and interactive. Really enjoyed the flight simulator, the mechanical toys and the fish tanks. Only reason not 5 stars, it's expensive. Don't let that deter you...it's fun for all!

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