Discovery World Milwaukee Reopening March 27: What Visitors Need to Know


At long last, the family-favorite Discovery World in Milwaukee will be re-opening to the public on Saturday, March 27th!

After closing for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Discovery World is finally ready to welcome back visitors and families to its halls, with several safety protocols and precautions in place. Before you pack up the minivan to head over to Discovery World, take a few minutes to review the new policies in place for your protection and get ready to enjoy your visit to Discovery World safely. 

Discovery World Reopening March 27, 2021

Families love Discovery World for its exciting and educational exhibits, hands-on interactive experiences, and more. But how much of what we have come to love about Discovery World will be accessible when it reopens to the general public on March 27th?

According to the Discovery World website outlining the new policies and procedures, only the Aquarium, Automation Everywhere, Great Lakes Future, Milwaukee Muscle (Fluid Power portion), Power On, Promenade Wave Tank, and The Challenge will be open. The remaining exhibit areas of Discovery World are closed.

Reserving Tickets in advance is STRONGLY recommended.

In order to maintain social distancing throughout Discovery World, they are limiting the number of guests in the building at one time. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance so they can reserve the specific date and time they are most interested. Drop-in visitors may or may not be able to enter the building, based on the current number of guests already booked in advance.

You’ll also want to make sure to purchase your parking pass in advance if you plan on parking in the below-ground parking garage at Discovery World. This is to ensure social distancing inside garage and to help keep the Parking Attendant safe.

Discovery World Members do get a discount on tickets and parking, so be sure to read over the Registration Info before booking so you can take advantage of those perks!

Health & Safety Protocols

Keeping everyone as safe as possible is crucial to keeping the doors open at Discovery World! Please make sure to review the new safety protocols so that you know what to expect and can come prepared to enjoy your visit to Discovery World.

  • Everyone age 3 and up must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth
  • All guest must abide by social distancing guidelines and follow one-way traffic mapping
  • To limit the number of guests in the building, tickets will be sold in timed sessions
  • Parking pass tickets will need to be purchased in advance in order to enter the below-ground parking garage

How to Register for Tickets

90-minute time slots are available for advance purchase, starting at 9:00 am and ending at 2:30 pm. Limited number of tickets are available in each time slot to ensure social distancing.

Also currently open to the public are the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Harley Davidson Museum, The Domes and coming soon will be the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum! It’s so exciting to be getting back into some of our favorite family-friendly spaces! 


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