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Discovery World

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Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
Phone Number: +1 414-765-9966
09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the...

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.

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Cool Little Science Museum and Aquarium

If your in Milwaukee for a day with a 6 year old this is a fun place to kill a few hours and make them really tired. It's very interactive and has some cool stuff to do. It was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We brought our young daughter here. We knew they had technology related stuff but we also wanted to see the aquarium. We were very impressed with both. And I gotta say, me and my wife had as much fun as my daughter. We found ample parking in the garage below the museum. Prices were reasonable and such a short elevator... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with two young children and enjoyed it very much. The science and engineering building is aimed for visitors who are a bit older than our grandsons so we didn't stay long there; that will keep until they are older and can engage more easily with the concepts that are exemplified there. There were a few school groups in... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with our three boys ages 7-4 and spent almost 5 hours there. So much to do! It's divided into two parts: aquarium/Great Lakes/fish related displays and then science displays. Lots of hands on even for the 4 year old. Highlights: tick-tac-to with a robot, any of the propulsion experiments, nuclear reactor simulator, bed of nails, car and airplane simulator,... More 

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If your in Milwaukee for a day with a 6 year old this is a fun place to kill a few hours and make them really tired. It's very interactive and has some cool stuff to do. It was $50 to get in (2 adults and 1 child) but we easily spent 3 hours with all the interactions and whatnot.... More 

Thank sdickey024
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place is really fun. Great for family's. Younger kids really enjoy as do the older ones like mine. Real nice when the weather is nice outside and you can go enjoy the lake and walk over to the art museum also or thru the park. Come and make a day of it and you will not regret.

Thank andrewn572
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I went there on a free day. Otherwise $18.00 per. Kids were everywhere.Bad move on my part. But I've been going for walks around there all summer long. Not bad then. Most of the stuff in there is suited for kids 8-16. Not my cup of tea but nice for a raining afternoon. And it"s right on the lake. Check... More 

Thank Donald K
Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Very interesting - variety of fun activities and experiments for all ages. From the bed of nails to the human hamster wheels.. lots to learn and explore.

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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Discovery World has lots to offer families. (Grade school and older kids) Be prepared to spend a day! Discovery World is set in a beautiful location with a magnificent view of the lake. Excellent camps for kids in the summer and activities for members. You can pack a lunch and bring it to eat there or buy food on location.(limited... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We are members and go a few times a year. Took 4 kids 12-8-and 2 6 year Olds. They all loved it. Many hands on things to do. The aquarium is great also with touch ponds so you can feel an assortment of aquaticsome. They have a special Halloween night we are going to can't wait it sounds amazing. Go... More 

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KChristman, Volunteer & Development Supervisor at Discovery World, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and support! We look forward to you joining us for Halloween Members Night! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This was our first visit to Milwaukee. Loved Discovery World! They had so much to offer! My son tried out the bed of nails, the 3-D hive exhibit/film was great, both boys liked the airplane simulator, and the gear display was pretty cool. I liked the tic-tac-toe robot and the musical balls display. There was lots to see and do.... More 

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