Discovery World, the Milwaukee science and technology centre, is to undergo an $18 million expansion. As part of the plans, the waterfront museum will welcome almost 20,000 square feet of new exhibit and event space.
Work will begin this August, with construction of a 10,000 sq ft (930 sq m) pavilion. Replacing a tent usually erected each spring/summer on the north lawn, it will showcase travelling technology or freshwater exhibits. The new pavilion will provide added potential for hosting schools, field trips, summer camps and other educational groups. Discovery World plans to raise additional revenue by hosting conferences, weddings and other events, exploiting the museum’s lakefront location.
A second phase will reshape and double exhibit space in Discovery World’s technology wing. Plans include the construction of a new admissions desk and grand entrance, as well as transforming a theatre into a new gallery. A 5,000 sq ft (465 sq m) mezzanine level will be created in an area currently inaccessible to the public. This will be used to host exhibits focused on public health, medical research and careers in health care.
Financial contributions have been committed by private individuals, corporations and foundations, including a lead gift from the Reiman Family Foundation. A fundraising campaign is currently underway to ensure that the work can be completed by the end of 2018.