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Discovery World

500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
+1 414-765-9966
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
+1 414-765-9966
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had three of our grandchildren (ages 6, 9 and 9) for a week and they wanted to go to Discovery World. They had all been there in the last 6 months but still wanted to go. They enjoyed it immensely. It's expensive but they...More

Thank Guyozaukee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to understand the lake regions with an excellent aquarium. The kids really enjoy it because is an interactive place.

Thank Fabiano B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this place - hands-on science learning, fabulous tribute museum to Les Paul, awesome views and just fun for everyone.

Thank Fred F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a wonderful day trip for my children (ages 9 & 4). We loved the "germ" exhibit, especially the video display of which areas of the body were most "dirty". The large boat replica was my 4 year olds favorite. There were so many...More

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Price to get in was steep. While they are in the process of updating many of the old exhibits, some of the existing exhibits were broken. I won't spend the money to go here again. Not worth the price.

1  Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This is a place to discover how things work. They also have a great display on the great lakes with an aquarium. There are lots of hands-on activities. My favorite is the flight simulator.

Thank Sparrow H
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We used our COSI membership for free reciprocal admission. Our boys (9 and 11) had a great time. This museum, while fun for younger kids, is really geared towards teens and tweens with a variety of exhibits that interest a wide range of people. As...More

Thank HappyFamily43082
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Spend an afternoon here with your kids and enjoy the interactive and engaging exhibits. This gem on the lakefront makes a great day trip with the art museum. Lots to do and see.

Thank WanderingOso
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a place to take the kids! Oh, and you grown-ups will also enjoy the displays. The kids can actually touch sea animals, pretend they are on a pirate ship, participate in travel simulators and parents/aunts/uncles/friends will enjoy learning all about Les Paul and...More

Thank Camilla855
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Lots of interactive activities for all ages and backgrounds. Very friendly staff. Sciences and Technology in a unique setting for the visitors.

Thank Beto6226
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7 August 2017|
Response from Michael W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, several different places to park.
Kathleen R
2 November 2016|
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Response from vthereandnow | Reviewed this property |
It's $14 over 60 and if you are a veteran it is $12
22 April 2016|
Response from r m | Reviewed this property |
This is less than 1 mile east. Of central Milwaukee. All the big downtown hotels are near. All can see the lake. Hotels a bit North may offer a better view. Use the app. Search Discovery World. Bottom right, choose... More