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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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Discovery World has lots to offer families. (Grade school and older kids) Be prepared to spend a day! Discovery World is set in a beautiful location with a magnificent view of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Hales Corners, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is really fun. Great for family's. Younger kids really enjoy as do the older ones like mine. Real nice when the weather is nice outside and you can go enjoy the lake and walk over to the art museum also or thru the park. Come and make a day of it and you will not regret.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went there on a free day. Otherwise $18.00 per. Kids were everywhere.Bad move on my part. But I've been going for walks around there all summer long. Not bad then. Most of the stuff in there is suited for kids 8-16. Not my cup of tea but nice for a raining afternoon. And it"s right on the lake. Check... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting - variety of fun activities and experiments for all ages. From the bed of nails to the human hamster wheels.. lots to learn and explore.

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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Discovery World has lots to offer families. (Grade school and older kids) Be prepared to spend a day! Discovery World is set in a beautiful location with a magnificent view of the lake. Excellent camps for kids in the summer and activities for members. You can pack a lunch and bring it to eat there or buy food on location.(limited... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 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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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 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 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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