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Discovery World, Milwaukee

(4/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Journey through the world of science and innovation and gain first-hand experience of the wonders of nature and technology at Discovery World. The all-encompassing center works to satisfy your hunger for knowledge and discovery through both the exhibits and a series of interactive and multimedial programs where you can view science at work. Visit the aquarium to admire species that inhabit the waters from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean, step inside the flight simulator, watch educational movies, see a great collection of artifacts, explore the numerous exciting labs, and take part in many other activities. The facility is fully accessible for visitors with special needs and provides free Wi-Fi connectivity throughout. To visit Discovery World on your holiday in Milwaukee, and find out what else Milwaukee has to offer, use our Milwaukee trip itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Very awesome place to visit! Many interesting things for kids of all ages to explore and learn. Family or Grandparent membership is well worth the price, especially if you visit more than once a year.  more »
  • Brought our two grandsons (12 &6) 2 weeks ago. Thought we might have some problem keeping the 6 yr. old busy. No worries plenty to keep both fellows active and learning for 4 hrs. Loved the flight sim...  more »
  • We we lucky to have a spectacular September night in the end of summer 2016 to have our daughter's wedding at the Discovery World Pilot House. The views of the lake and the Milwaukee sky line were GRE...  more »
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  • Wow, this place is amazing. Perhaps better for kids 5 and up (my 3 year old isn't really interested in how catalytic converters work) but that said there is stiff for all ages. Have you ever played with a guitar connected to petals which are connected to an oscilloscope to see what your sounds are like? Tried to beat a robot at sorting different color golf balls? Used hydraulics to manually operate a digger? Fired a hand crank rail gun? Pet some stingrays and sharks? This place will keep you entertained for hours, and your kids will probably like it too. If you are interested in membership, you can apply your ticket purchase for the day to a membership purchased later that day for a "try before you buy" kind of deal. We upgraded, and I look forward to being back for all it has to offer many times over the next year!
  • Lot of great things to do with kids from 1 year old to 90. My son loves the tech area (2yo) and my husband loves to touch the sting rays in the water area. Highly recommend but bring your wallet... that mich fun is NOT free.
  • Very cool place for kids (took 5 kids, ages 7, 9 & 12). All enjoyed it very much. Some exhibits needed some work and we're non-operational.
  • I went into Discovery World with high hopes, but was disappointed by the time I left. Not only were a number of displays closed or broken, almost all of the other exhibits were corporately sponsored. Caterpillar showing off their machines, and praising coal strip-mining. We Energy comparing the insulation capabilities of fibreglass, shredded paper, and their own super-foam (product placement obviously did not stick). The technology half of Discovery World felt like one big advertisement in a museum guise. The Les Paul exhibit was quite good, as was the whole aquarium side, but overall I left with the impression of paying almost $20 to consume ads.
  • This is not a very big museum, and it doesn't really have a theme, other than Milwaukee / The Great Lakes, but it does manage to be really fun. The aquarium is really well presented and the tanks are super-cool, giving you really interesting and immersive (pun intended) views of fish. Don't miss the view into the big tank from the back of the elevator: blink and you'll miss it.