A week ago, I made my first trip to Discovery World.
Yes, I know it’s a little pathetic that the museum has been open for almost two years now and, while I only live about 5 minutes away, I still had yet to check it out. Needless to say, my trip was extremely overdue.
It was a gloomy spring afternoon and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything outdoors, so Eric suggested that we check out Discovery World. He knew that I had been itching to go for a while now. Rather than walk to Pier Wisconsin like I’d normally consider, we opted to drive and found parking at a meter along the road, and then headed toward the building.
We entered into a gleaming white, open-air promenade and we strolled along its expansive windows. After coughing up $16.95 for admission, we took some time to peer out over Lake Michigan and we admired the near 450 feet of public docks that stretched around the museum – the entire view was absolutely breathtaking!
Discovery World was born from a diverse marriage between the old Discovery World that used to be adjacent to the Milwaukee Public Museum, and the newly developed Pier Wisconsin. The offspring is an unexpected combination of high-tech, user-friendly programming, ecology and history all in one.
The museum itself is made up of several distinct units – the Aquariums, the Challenge, the Techno Jungle, and the Great Lakes Future – that are filled with many interesting and interactive displays. The gift shop and café were both open for business when we were there and families occupied several tables along the walls of the corridor and seemed to be enjoying their lunch.
As we continued in the direction of the lake, we watched a little boy make waves in a wave machine that’s located in the middle of the hallway as his parents looked on. Once we reached the end of the building, we entered into an unusually circular building that reminded me of a pilot house on a schooner. This was the Helen Bader Foundation's Great Lakes Future exhibit.