Event Rentals

Situated on Milwaukee’s lakefront, Discovery World is the perfect venue for your special event. We offer a vast array of breathtaking sites both in and outdoors. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. From corporate events and weddings, to graduations and galas, Discovery World is the ideal choice to delight your guests.

Weddings, corporate, and other private events at Discovery World are catered by the award-winning cuisine and service of Bartolotta Catering and Events.

For more information regarding private events rentals at Discovery World, please contact our Director of Events, Ben Cook, at 414-238-1801 or email bcook@discoveryworld.org. You may also fill out a request form using the button below.

As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, the revenue generated from facility rentals goes to supporting our mission of providing fun and educational experiences through interactive exhibits and educational programs for families and students in Milwaukee, the region, and the state of Wisconsin.

Premium Spaces

Pavilion

800+ guests Experience stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee skyline. Featuring lakefront lawn and patio space, full AV capabilities, production mounting, and fiber internet.

Pilot House

600+ guests

Stunning 360-degree circular ballroom with a panoramic outdoor terrace overlooking the Milwaukee skyline and Lake Michigan. Full AV capabilities, custom exterior lighting, and fiber internet.

Other Spaces

Event Areas

Patio & Amphitheater

600+ guests

Connected to the Promenade and Pavilion to provide unique indoor/outdoor experiences in a picturesque lakeside environment.

Promenade

300+ guests

A spacious area perfect for hosting event registrations, business fairs, or markets, offering a linear floorplan and beautiful views of the harbor.

Todd Wehr Theater

130+ guests

With theater seating and a large integrated screen/projection system, this space is perfect for presentations and keynotes. Open the curtains to enjoy beautiful views of the Lake Michigan harbor.

Exhibits

Block Party

375+ guests

This interactive space is filled with oversized blocks, inviting attendees to collaborate and construct unique structures. Exercise your creative muscles while you enjoy networking and teambuilding in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Great Lakes Future

200+ guests

Featuring a scale model of the Great Lakes, this interactive exhibit connects the Pilot House, Aquarium, and Promenade for a unique cocktail experience.

Power On

200+ guests

Power up your event with this exhibit, featuring a Van de Graaff generator, Tesla coil, and more! Conveniently connected to both the Promenade and Pavilion for a seamless event experience.

Reiman Aquarium

120 guests

Wisconsin’s’ largest aquarium provides a unique meeting space. Can be combined with other room rentals or reserved separately.

Automation Everywhere

100+ guests

This two-story exhibit invites guests to mix and mingle with robots while enjoying their drinks and views of the Milwaukee Skyline.

Labs/Classrooms

Automation Lab

20 guests

Focused on circuits, robotics, coding, and programming.

Curiosity Works Lab

20 guests

A space to inspire exploration and self-expression through color and design.

Freshwater Sustainability Lab

20 guests

Focused on Lake Michigan and fresh water as a resource, this lab space highlights water quality, invasive species, and freshwater organisms.

Kohl’s Design It! Lab

18 guests

A making space that explores architecture, engineering, and design. Open to the public on weekends, offering guests creative hands-on projects.

THIRST Lab

16 guests

Explores water’s role in manufacturing consumer products

Health Sciences Lab

12 guests

A hands-on space focused on anatomy and microorganisms.

Event FAQ

No, Bartolotta Catering and Events is the exclusive caterer for Discovery World.

Visit Bartolotta Catering & Events at Discovery World

Yes, events can occur while the museum is open. However, some locations can become less private while the museum is open due to general admission traffic.

If a private space is booked for your event, no admission fee will apply. However, if exhibit areas of the museum are needed, fees will apply depending on time of day.

Dates and availability need to be confirmed before a hold is placed. Once a date and its availability are confirmed, we will send you a contract. We ask that you wait to send out any invitations for your event until all parties have signed the contract.

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