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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 good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“bed of nails” (30 reviews)
“les paul” (26 reviews)
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500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
+1 414-765-9966
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a place to discover how things work. They also have a great display on the great lakes with an aquarium. There are lots of hands-on activities. My favorite is the flight simulator.

Thank Sparrow H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 exhibits that interest a wide range of people. As...More

Thank HappyFamily43082
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank WanderingOso
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 parents/aunts/uncles/friends will enjoy learning all about Les Paul and...More

Thank Camilla855
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of interactive activities for all ages and backgrounds. Very friendly staff. Sciences and Technology in a unique setting for the visitors.

Thank Beto6226
Reviewed 12 July 2017

My kids love the aquarium section and the touch tank where they can touch the sting rays. They also love exploring the inside tall ship. A hands on museum.

Thank elmerandpooh
Reviewed 9 July 2017

This museum is very hands on and has unique exhibits/activities I have not seen at other museums, like a flight simulator, robotics section, etc... My husband loved it, and we could have easily spent 4 hours there if we didn't have kiddos. The technology was...More

Thank Megan M
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Great place of fun learning for all the kids about science. They all loved the flight simulator even though they all crushed their planes. They didn't want to pet the fish but they were great to look at. There is lots to do at various...More

Thank Nthenyalee
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

This is geared heavily towards kids. That said, they had a very interesting Les Paul exhibit. There were a number of mechanical/automated exhibits that entertained 2 adults. I tried to make the toy fish but the material wasn't stamped out very well. There was a...More

3  Thank AdventureForward
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This is a great place for families or even just adults. Lots to do and see. All hands on activities for kids and adults alike. The aquarium is just as fun and exciting with touch tanks to touch some fish. Definitely want to go back...More

Thank JJ T
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7 August 2017|
Response from Michael W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, several different places to park.
Kathleen R
2 November 2016|
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Response from vthereandnow | Reviewed this property |
It's $14 over 60 and if you are a veteran it is $12
22 April 2016|
Response from r m | Reviewed this property |
This is less than 1 mile east. Of central Milwaukee. All the big downtown hotels are near. All can see the lake. Hotels a bit North may offer a better view. Use the app. Search Discovery World. Bottom right, choose... More