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Discovery World, Milwaukee
(4/5 based on 380+ 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
  • This was my first visit here in which I brought my son which was then two. He loved it and I liked all the fish he could see. Probably will bring him back in a couple years because this place has so m...  more »
  • Discovery World is a Hands on Science Museum and Great Lakes Aquarium all in one. Kids will love the hands on activities, and don't miss the full size Great Lakes Sailing Ship hanging in the Aquarium ...  more »
  • I brought my 6 year old son to visit. We arrived a bit late and only had 2 1/2 hours to explore which was not enough time there. I would recommend more since there are two sections and so much hands-o...  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.