Operate a Real Excavator at Discovery World

Would you “dig” the chance to operate a real excavator? Well, Discovery World and HUSCO International invite you to move a 6,000 pound machine with your bare hands in our brand new Fluid Power exhibit!

Give your family and friends a lift by turning a wheel to activate hydraulic fluid and a tiny pump. Multiply Your Might and Amplify Your Ingenuity through the wonders of hydraulics.

A Real, Working Excavator

The excavator is certainly the star of the show in our new Fluid Power exhibit. Able to lift thousands of pounds, this hydraulic marvel of ingenuity is as powerful as the huge cable and gear steam shovels that were used to dig the Panama Canal. At Discovery World, visitors will use old fashioned “elbow grease” (and some hydraulic fluid) to operate the boom, the swing arm, the shovel, and the tracks of the excavator.

Along with the excavator, Fluid Power features three additional interactive stations that explore concepts central to the science of hydraulics and fluid power. These hands-on exhibits demonstrate the amazing power and precision control of hydraulics while answering commonly asked questions regarding the science of hydraulics.

Pascal’s Law

How does hydraulics work? At this station, visitors will investigate Pascal’s Law, which is the foundation of hydraulics and one of the principles of fluid mechanics. Visitors will use a piston and hydraulic fluid to multiply force and raise a large object.

Power Density

How powerful is fluid power? In the case of hydraulics, a little volume means a whole lot of power. Guests can step onto a platform and be lifted using nothing more than hydraulic fluid and a small, hydraulic pump. Do you have a big family or lots of friends? Invite them all, because this machine can lift more than 1,000 pounds!

Flexible Power

Why use hydraulics? What makes fluid power so flexible? Here, visitors will compare a hydraulic circuit with a mechanical circuit made of sprockets, chain drives, and gears. This engaging side by side comparison highlights the versatility and simplicity of a hydraulic system.

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Getting Here

We are located on Milwaukee’s lakefront with easy access on and off of the expressway.

500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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General Admission

Adults $19
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
Senior (60+) $16
College Student* $14
Military Active and Veterans* $14

*Valid ID Required.

Purchase tickets at the Ticket Counter. Prices are subject to change.

Hours

Opens tomorrow at 9a
Tues-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10a - 5p

Getting Here

We are located on Milwaukee’s lakefront with easy access on and off of the expressway.

500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Get Directions
Adults $19
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
Senior (60+) $16
College Student* $14
Military Active and Veterans* $14
Military* Active Duty & Veterans $14

*Valid ID Required.

Purchase tickets at the Ticket Counter. Prices are subject to change.

Hours

Opens tomorrow at 9a
Tues-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10a - 5p