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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This museum feels like one step up from a Children's Museum. I visited this museum as a grad student to evaluate their Les Paul Exhibit and then again with my fiance to explore the great lakes exhibit...  more »
  • After a visit with my husband and three young children, my one real complaint was that the museum was too darn crowded with rowdy school children. When we could push through the crowds and get to the ...  more »
  • PROS: ASTC member museum; aquarium and discovery center in one; covered parking for inclement weather; a lot of exhibits to hold everyone’s interest’; amazing Les Paul exhibit; beautiful location by t...  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.