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Discovery World, Milwaukee

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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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  • 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 ex...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 p...  more »
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  • Coming from TN we absolutely loved this! We have been several times to the Nashville science museum (which is amazing!) However, this particular museum had numerous hands on activities. Everything from aquatics, mechanic, to aerodynamics. Very interesting and the kids had a really fantastic time!
  • Great fun for kids of all ages, who knew learning could be so much fun! BUT I do NOT recommend the Girl Scout events. The entertainment technology event was a HUGE disappointment, had hardly anything to do with technology, and instructors spent more time chatting & flirting with each other, then they did teaching the kids anything. The girls spent a lot of time running around the music area with cups with no clear direction of what they were supposed to be doing. They spent the last 8 minutes "coding", which all of the girls said they did that at home, as it's free and available for anyone to use. They spent about 30 minutes in the video/tv production lab, but it was unorganized, uncontrolled, and didn't teach the kids anything. Instructor spent more time in the production room changing scenes than he spent teaching. Also while 1/3 of the group was on stage screwing around, as he would rotate the 3 groups on stage, and when a group would go on stage, that meant another 5-10 minute wait to change scenery. Instructors back would always be turned to group on stage, so they would just screw around, while he softly spoke to the rest (2/3) of the group. I'm not sure how this activity was related to entertainment technology, the girls were to build a "roller coaster". The girls were given beat up, torn black 1/2 of a foam tubes, pieces were missing here & there on the sides. With that crappy pieces of tubing, they were supposed to use those & masking tape to build something that a marble could travel down. Since the black foam tubes had pieces torn out of the sides, this was an impossible task and a waste of a whole hour. Not sure how this was related to entertainment technology in any way. The whole event was a huge disappointment, and not exactly what I would call "Entertainment Technology", considering all the technology that is out in the world today. This was an expensive 3 hours and a huge waste of time.
  • Awesome experience! I would love to go back. The touch tanks were my favorite part, but the physics side of the place was cool too! I loved being able to test physical principles and go on the hamster wheel.
  • I already recommended Discovery World to everyone I know, and posted all over Instagram. Just amazing! I was a kid again, chaperoning this field trip:) Thank you, Discovery World! The staff in the art area was so great! Kind faces everywhere. We touched a sturgeon also!
  • It's was fun to see and participate in all of the physics experiments. The robots are cool but they kind of take forever to do their thing. For a good prank, put your hand on the tesla coil and first bump a friend. Make sure to make a mask or a hat before you leave.

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Staying in the city center puts you right in the heart of the activity, and means you can take advantage of all the things to do in Milwaukee’s walkable downtown area. Options here include big chain hotels as well as quirky inns. Party animals should sacrifice some sleep to stay close to Milwaukee’s lively bar scene, centered around Water Street. Those who want a little more rest should consider a scenic resort in the greater Milwaukee area; many of these are within easy driving distance of the main attractions.
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