|500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
|9AM–4PM 9AM–4PM 9AM–4PM 9AM–4PM 9AM–4PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM
Great fun for kids of all ages, who knew learning could be so much fun! BUT I do NOT recommend the Girl Scout events. The entertainment technology event was a HUGE disappointment, had hardly anything to do with technology, and instructors spent more time chatting & flirting with each other, then they did teaching the kids anything. The girls spent a lot of time running around the music area with cups with no clear direction of what they were supposed to be doing. They spent the last 8 minutes "coding", which all of the girls said they did that at home, as its free and available for anyone to use. They spent about 30 minutes in the video/tv production lab, but it was unorganized, uncontrolled, and didnt teach the kids anything. Instructor spent more time in the production room changing scenes than he spent teaching. Also while 1/3 of the group was on stage screwing around, as he would rotate the 3 groups on stage, and when a group would go on stage, that meant another 5-10 minute wait to change scenery. Instructors back would always be turned to group on stage, so they would just screw around, while he softly spoke to the rest (2/3) of the group. Im not sure how this activity was related to entertainment technology, the girls were to build a "roller coaster". The girls were given beat up, torn black 1/2 of a foam tubes, pieces were missing here & there on the sides. With that crappy pieces of tubing, they were supposed to use those & masking tape to build something that a marble could travel down. Since the black foam tubes had pieces torn out of the sides, this was an impossible task and a waste of a whole hour. Not sure how this was related to entertainment technology in any way. The whole event was a huge disappointment, and not exactly what I would call "Entertainment Technology", considering all the technology that is out in the world today. This was an expensive 3 hours and a huge waste of time.
Summary: Overall cool place but can get crowded in a hurry. Maybe a little overpriced. We took the kids here while visiting Milwaukee on vacation. We wanted to do something fun for them. My boys are 2 and 4. Im glad that my youngest was free because aside from the aquarium, there isnt as much for him to do. My 4year old like many of the exhibits, but it was super crowded due to all of the large classes and groups. Not sure when is a good time to go if its this busy during the week. A little less than half of the interactive features were out of order. Every exhibit had something that wasnt working. Both boys really liked the aquarium. That is definitely the highlight. When you factor in parking, the price seems a little steep considering the broken stuff and all the people. I dont feel ripped off in any way, but I feel like $10 per person is a more reasonable price point.
Wow, this place is amazing. Perhaps better for kids 5 and up (my 3 year old isnt really interested in how catalytic converters work) but that said there is stiff for all ages. Have you ever played with a guitar connected to petals which are connected to an oscilloscope to see what your sounds are like? Tried to beat a robot at sorting different color golf balls? Used hydraulics to manually operate a digger? Fired a hand crank rail gun? Pet some stingrays and sharks? This place will keep you entertained for hours, and your kids will probably like it too. If you are interested in membership, you can apply your ticket purchase for the day to a membership purchased later that day for a "try before you buy" kind of deal. We upgraded, and I look forward to being back for all it has to offer many times over the next year!
"...Worst of all, the museum contracted with a pest control agency to have the building sprayed regularly...to kill spiders that lived on the outside of the building. Not ants or roaches or any other pest that is actually problematic, but spiders, predators that naturally control the pest population. The extermination was ordered regularly solely for aesthetics, and the pesticides were not "green." The worst part about this? The science museum is built directly over Lake Michigan, so all that pesticide runs directly into the water below. Just a couple examples of the ridiculous hypocrisy at work at the institution, and one reason I quit that job. TL;DR: A science museum I used to work for does not practice what it preaches regarding conservation & preservation." - Quoted from an ex-employee on reddit.
We have enjoyed the Discovery World many times for the past 3 years. We have a family pass so its nice that we dont feel like we have to see everything when we go each time. However like other commenters have mentioned I feel they book WAY TO MANY field trips on one day. We just got home and left early due to overcrowding and rude campers who kept pushing in front of my kids. (this is not the first time this has happened, it occurs during the school year as well!) They should offer a camp/field trip free day once a week or every other week so family pass holders can enjoy having a pass without all the chaos Also, a lot of the displays dont work very well if at all. Overall it is a fun way to spend some time, but if I paid full price I would be pretty upset!
Despite having lived in Milwaukee for a while now, I had not made it to Discovery World until now, and I wish I had come sooner. This place is packed, its no wonder some blogs that detail this place say to give it an entire day if youre with kids. On the outside it doesnt like too much, but its a two-floor technology center and a three-floor aquatarium. Lots of interactive fun make this place a blast, though my highlight was the Reiman Aquarium in the lower level of the aquatarium. Only complaints are that their lockers ate our quarters (we just carried our jackets around all day), and the handful of things that were closed/broken. Very nice facilities, though, and a great place to spend a weekend day.
The best of its sort. Evidently it isnt any longer dedicated to the study and preservation of the Great Lakes fresh water. Apparently corporate Wisconsin no longer contributes to the marvelous student education sails which the Sullivan used to take each winter. Most unfortunate and quite inconsiderate of the youngsters who would glean an incredible amount of knowledge and, perhaps, a vocation from a voyage. The volunteer-built Denis Sullivan is an amazing Wisconsin highlight (and the States Official Flagship) and a real treat to sail on, though the sails are much too short. The captain and crew are quite welcoming and knowledgeable. Enjoy the World and a Summer sail on the Sullivan!
The setting was beautiful and my son enjoyed the sting rays, but there was very little for my 4 year old daughter to do. For the very pricey admission, I expected both of them to be able to find things to do. Several displays did not work. The areas I thought she would most enjoy, were closed for private classes and camps. When charging, $62 for a family of 4, every area should be available. In addition to that, there were large groups of campers making it difficult to enjoy things at times. Also, reciprocity for a friends and family membership from another science museum was not honored as it should have been. The lady at the membership desk was unfriendly and not helpful.