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Discovery World

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Discovery World is Milwaukee’s premier, non-profit science and technology center for the whole family. Our 120,000 sq. ft. center offers fun and educational experiences and features interactive exhibits, the Reiman Aquarium, educational labs and...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5601
+1 414-765-9966
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved this museum. I did not have kids with me but would have loved to watch their eyes go wide open as they went through the exhibits.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MonicaHall A
Reviewed 7 November 2018

I've visited this place many times, and while the quality of the programming is sometimes uneven, it's always a great escape for families in the area -- especially in winter. Some highlights: Les Paul Guitar Exhibit; flight simulator; science shows for kids (Tesla, Swords &...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Stewart I
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

We had a nice afternoon of visiting here. It's got decent space and a variety of activities. The aquarium was ok but I thought it would be better. The plane stimulator is very enjoyable. The building has capacity for special events. I was a little...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Twinsguy
Reviewed 22 October 2018

This was our second visit to Discovery with grandkids. Great for all ages. Lots of very interesting hands-on displays. The helpers in the craft area turn little kids' frustrations into happiness and accomplishment. Love the aquarium and its focus on the Great Lakes.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John L
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This is by far the best interactive musuem around. And the adults enjoy as much as the children. A positive experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Plantchamp
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Nice place to visit with some hands on activities for all, especially for the younger children. Lovely building. Much to see and do!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Slick5276
Reviewed 3 October 2018

this venue has a wide variety of fascinating exhibits- from a bed of nails to small moving models that you turn things and watch quirky figures do stuff to water cycle giant models, all on a gorgeous setting on the lake.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John E
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Was unsure if we would go here when visiting Milwaukee, but glad we did. My husband and 2 sons ages 20 and 22 very much enjoyed this museum. From the simulator flying plan, driving a race car, laying on a bed of nails, the virtual...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank momofboys000
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This is an excellent hands-on museum for kids, but if your child is over 13, they may be less than impressed. I took my 15-year-old foreign exchange student from Vietnam, and while he was very polite, I don't think he was that engaged. Save your...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Corlene B
Reviewed 31 August 2018

Note that we visited this museum as part of a reciprocal ASTC museum membership and did not have to pay the individual entry fee. I mention that as we liked the museum but not sure the one time visit fee of $19 is worth it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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17 November 2018|
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Response from William H | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is a court yard/lobby with a few tables for eating. The one place selling food is small (but reasonably priced), and sometimes the wait time is longer than small children can "survive" without food. So bring in... More
11 August 2018|
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Response from F1Rumors | Reviewed this property |
It is an interesting visit for adults too...
21 January 2018|
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Response from Sue J | Reviewed this property |
Actually, if you are in that area of Milwaukee, the Betty Brinn Museum might be a better choice for a 2 & 5 year old. I'd save Discovery World until they're a few years older.