Discovery World is downtown Milwaukee's best new attraction for children and adults. This museum connects science, technology, innovation, and the environment, and allows visitors several opportunities for hands on interaction. The mission of the museum is to help people positively impace the community by developing an understandng of the relationship between the environment and technology. The museum is 120,000 square feet that includes exhibits, labs, theaters, and aquariums. All of this is right on the shores of Lake Michigan, the enivironment of which is built into many of the exhibits and experiences.
Adults and children of all ages will love each of the sections in the museum featuring themed exhibits. The World of Technology includes a chance to feel the experiences like flying an airplane and laying on a bed of nails. Visitors can see inside of a nuclear reactor, or take a three dimensional journey into virtual environments. The World of Water includes real habitats of aquatic life in the Great Lakes, the North Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Guests can interact with sealife including sting rays, sturgeons, and sea urchins. There is also a 137-foot replica of the S/V Denis Sullivan, a 19th century schooner than floated the Great Lakes. This floating classroom creates an environment that is filled with education and conservation programs children will love. Best of all, when you are done your general tour, you can stroll along the shores of Lake Michigan, observing many of the lessons you have just learned in action.
The museum offers a variety of education programs for adults, families, children, and special events. You can plan your event at Discovery World and guests will get more than they bargained for with education and hands on experiences. There are four different tour packages that include a day of exploration that will expose you to technology, innovation, and nature. Choose the package that works best for you and your guests, or combine the experiences for a fun-packed day of learning.
The museum is closed on Mondays, open weekdays from 9:00 - 4:00 pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 - 5:00 pm. Membership plans are available and members are entitled to a years worth of free admission. For others, admission prices range from $9.95 to $16.95. Field trip rates are available and include motivating experiences that expose kids to science, technology , and nature. The S.T.E.M. +Plus program "... amplifies the existing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education model by connecting it to concepts that motivate students beyond the classroom...''
Those hoping to head home from Discovery World with a momento from their trip are in luck. The museum gift shop offers toys, stuffed animals, games, and science kits. Many of these items make great classroom aids, so instructors can bring the experience back with them after a field trip to the museum. There are also CDs, stationary, gifts, books, art, jewelry, ties, and clothing. Discounts are available for members, and gift bags can be created for field trip groups and birthday party events. Discovery World is a unique experience for families and adults looking for a day packed with fun in Milwaukee.