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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
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"bed of nails"
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"les paul"
in 27 reviews
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My children, their cousins, and grandparents spent a day of spring break at Discovery World, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. All ages and interests can find something to enjoy...from a replica of the great lakes to a virtual reality experience...total STEM learning - without realizing it....More

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been to 20+ children’s and science museums all over the country and this one was possibly our worst experience to date. While the exhibits were quite fascinating and very educational, the staff was at best, aloof but at worst, rude. My kids were constantly...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our kids are a little older 11 and 12, so we weren't sure how much they'd like discovery world, but they had a good time, and we stayed for several hours. I think most of the interactive activities are geared towards 8-12 year olds. Their...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chaperoned our 4th grade son on an educational cruise, upon which the kids learned all about Lake Michigan and most especially how the water stays clean and what keeps the fish healthy. The entire experience was really great for the students, great for the environment,...More

Thank GnomiHaus
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Milwaukee for a short family vacation. My kids (7 & 9) said that Discover World was their favorite part of our trip. My daughter, who loves crafts and art, loves the Design It Lab and my son loved the virtual reality area....More

Thank annegirl80
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy this interactive museum. So much to look at and explore. Beautiful setting on Lake Michigan. Need a couple of hours to see it all.

Thank Speedycat74
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by for a couple of hours. The aquarium side is old and outdated mixed with newer parts. The great lakes representation took up a lot of space and seemed older, too. But then we headed up to do virtual reality and that part...More

Thank LovingNewAdventures
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

On a weekend trip to Milwaukee with my grand daughters we stopped here for the afternoon, and were so glad we did! There is so much to do that we weren't able to get to it all, but I would be happy to go back...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

We had some time in Milwaukee and thought that we would check it out. Everything is done so well: science experiments, craft activities, the aquarium. My daughters favorite part of the weekend was petting the stingrays. Well done!

Thank TX_678
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Science exhibits, aquarium, lake views and lots of children. Taking a stroll through Discovery World is interesting, but not really worth the price of admission for adults. Children will love it, though.

Thank wlamb123
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ncopley92
21 January 2018|
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Response from Guyozaukee | Reviewed this property |
The 5 year old would definitely enjoy it. The 2 year old would have a good time but may not be as entertained as his older sibling. I would definitely try it, if not now,then in a couple of years. We took our... More
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Kelly F
8 January 2018|
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Yes there is a cafeteria. Reduced options.
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Response from mvsap | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is parking. We were able to walk from our hotel so we didn’t use the parking.
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