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Discovery World names John Emmerich interim president

Published Dec. 19, 2018

Discovery World, Wisconsin's largest science and technology center, announced today that, in light of President and CEO Joel Brennan's appointment as the new Wisconsin Secretary of the Department of Administration under Governor-elect Tony Evers, John Emmerich will be leading the organization on an interim basis, effective Jan. 7.


Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, Discovery World partner on new exhibit

Published July 16, 2018

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is partnering with Discovery World on a new exhibit that will celebrate the state's past, present and future sports heroes. The new exhibit at the museum will open on Jan. 24, 2019, in conjunction with the Hall of Fame's 69th anniversary induction.


Progress report: Discovery World expansion

Published April 2, 2018

Last fall, Discovery World announced an $18 million, 20,000-square foot expansion that would allow the museum, whose current building opened in 2006, to broaden its exhibition space. We stopped in to take a look at the project's progress.


$2 million We Energies grant fuels new energy exhibit at Discovery World

Published March 20, 2018

Thanks to a $2 million grant from the We Energies Foundation, Discovery World will get a new immersive energy exhibition called "Power On" that will show how a variety of forms of energy are generated and transformed and how these processes make the world go 'round.


Discovery World announces $18 million expansion

Published Oct. 3, 2017

Discovery World announced a major expansion and renovation today that will add nearly 20,000 square feet of public space to the museum, which sits on the lakefront at the foot of Clybourn Street.


A tribute to Les Paul on his 100th birthday

Published June 9, 2015

This week, a major force in modern music turns 100 years old, but to many of us in Wisconsin, he is simply our friend Les. Les Paul had a profound impact on the world while he lived, and nearly 6 years after his passing, he still provides important lessons for all of us about creativity, passion, innovation and lifelong learning.


New Discovery World lab adheres innovation to enterprise

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Everyone has a good idea or two at some point in their lives; however, having the confidence and the know-how to take a good idea to the next level often seems out of reach. A new lab at Discovery World will help kids - and visitors of all ages - understand how to bring a sellable idea to fruition as well as how to understand and appreciate things around us that we might take for granted.


Kooky Cooky House returns

Published Oct. 22, 2014

Many Milwaukeeans who grew up in the `60s, `70s and `80s remember the Kooky Cooky House - an electronic gingerbread cookie factory that featured dozens of moving parts - that was located in the now defunct Capitol Court Mall. This year, an updated Kooky Cooky House returns to Discovery World.


Seeger's paean to the S/V Denis Sullivan

Published Feb. 12, 2014

By now everyone knows that Discovery World has strong ties to groundbreaking musician Les Paul, but few remember Pete Seeger's link to that lakefront institution. In 2001, Seeger - who passed away Jan. 27 at the age of 94 - wrote an ode to the S/V Denis Sullivan.


Baseball innovation exhibit steps to the plate at Discovery World

Published March 30, 2013

Monday, April 1 is Opening Day in Milwaukee. While the future of Brewers baseball begins at Miller Park at 1:10 p.m. as the Rockies roll into town, over on the lakefront a new exhibit at Discovery World casts a view back at the history of America's pastime.


Discovery World Design It! Lab plates up creativity and fun

Published Dec. 15, 2010

The Kohl's Design It! Lab launched late last month at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr., and was an instant success, drawing, on its opening weekend, hundreds of people ready to get their hands dirty digging into the design and build process.