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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
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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Nice Afternoon

My husband and I decided to spend the afternoon here while in town. It was a nice place. There are lots of hands on items. It's mostly centered around children but I learned a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tami G
Fort Worth, Texas

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I decided to spend the afternoon here while in town. It was a nice place. There are lots of hands on items. It's mostly centered around children but I learned a lot and had a nice afternoon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came with family, a 5 year old and 9 month old and it kept the 5 year old busy. There was a lot of stuff to do and it was very educational as well. Would definitely recommend!

Thank Danielle B
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not much of a museum guy, but then again Discovery World really isn't your typical museum. This a a hands on learning venue that stimulates your mind and tantalizes your senses. People of all ages can find something interesting in this place, from the Les Paul guitar exhibit to the technology wing to the maritime exhibits. Like with most... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is right on the lake and has beautiful views of Lake Michigan. We have been here twice. The neat things the kids can do here is a lot of fun, they can even lay on a bed of nails! Great for school trips.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I took my two grandsons ages 6 and 3 to the aquarium and discovery center and they loved it. There is so much to see and do with all the exhibits and hands on activities. The aquarium was great. I loved the jelly fish and sea horses. They had a tunnel tank to walk through and watch... More 

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Sturtevant, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Very awesome place to visit! Many interesting things for kids of all ages to explore and learn. Family or Grandparent membership is well worth the price, especially if you visit more than once a year.

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Brought our two grandsons (12 &6) 2 weeks ago. Thought we might have some problem keeping the 6 yr. old busy. No worries plenty to keep both fellows active and learning for 4 hrs. Loved the flight simulator and the stingray pool. Only problem was getting parking. The underground parking was full have to park in O'Donnell garage. It meant... More 

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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We we lucky to have a spectacular September night in the end of summer 2016 to have our daughter's wedding at the Discovery World Pilot House. The views of the lake and the Milwaukee sky line were GREAT ! and a key to that night was a full moon over Lake Michigan. I would recommend this venue to anyone who... More 

Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is a very cool science museum. Our children might have been a little young to appreciate some of the exhibits, but we still enjoyed it.

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Lake Zurich
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

My kids (15 and 20) and I enjoyed our time here; we got a family pass and look forward to a return visit. The Reiman Aquarium was a bit hit, with a variety of large and small tanks. Considering it was "spring break" time, the crowds were not impossible. Fun extras were tanks visible in the floors, overhead and even... More 

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