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Discovery World

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Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
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+1 414-765-9966
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Touch tanks and devices for everyone!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 the lakefront CONS: smaller and more limited cafe

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a cool hands on museum located at the lakefront. We all had a great time and were happy that we visited. There was a lot to do and learn via interactive exhibits. This is a wonderful learning place for everyone.

Thank Ayesha M
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to spend the whole day. A lot of hands on exhibits to keep the kids busy. After all the Science Exhibits you can go check out the aquarium which everyone loved.

Thank pramirez2017
Wauwatosa, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to take kids but also fun for the adults. Very informational with hands on things to do.

Thank JoseyT
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great time visiting all the hands-on science exhibits. The museum is extremely clean and well-kept with lots to do for kids and adults alike. Brought 4 adults and a 3 year old and 5 year old. Everyone had fun, and interacted with the exhibits. The yearly membership seems like it would be worth it for local families!

Thank occhio58
Kapolei, HI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So the aquarium was pretty neat. They have a model of the Great Lakes and a system that "rain" pours down on them. It's pretty neat and it shows how the water flows through the lakes and how the lakes connect. There are a few animals in addition to the lake life including a snake. There is an area that... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We wanted to spend a half day in Milwaukee with family who were flying out the next day. They suggested the Discovery World, and I didn't know a thing about it. It was fantastic for all ages. There were lots of exhibits where you can operate machines, turn gears, fly an airplane, make music on a Les Paul guitar, or... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was a great time for the family. We happened to be there on a day when a robotics expo was on display simultaneously, which only added to the fun. We really enjoyed the life-sized model ship, the opportunity to touch and feel live sea creatures, and the bed of nails. Did I mention there were axylotls?

Thank Adam P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Love that there are some unique features I haven't seen at other museums, like the weather simulation over the Great Lakes. We also loved the aquarium! My oldest really enjoyed all the machines. We got a membership and went back for their Science Fiction event and really enjoyed it as well.

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Milwaukee, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Lots of hands on activities, art and science. My son loved the musical area. There is a giant sculpture that hangs down the center and contracts and expands slowly. Wonderful for kids, more geared toward younger children.

Thank JackieKra

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