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Discovery World’s Baseball Innovations Exhibit is a Home Run for Fans

Looking for something to do while the Brewers are out of town this week?

We took a break from the office to head over to Discovery World where now, for a limited time, there is a special baseball exhibit: MEARS presents: BASEBALL– Innovations That Changed the Game.

Discovery World

In keeping with Discovery World’s commitment to help educate children and adults alike about innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, “The baseball exhibit explores the intersection between innovation and sports,” said Joel Brennan, President/CEO of Discovery World, who was kind enough to give us a personal tour of the exhibit and some other areas of the museum as well.

Indeed. The exhibit offers a look at the technical innovations to equipment – the bats, balls, mitts, uniforms – which dramatically changed the way America’s National Pastime has been played.

This new display at Discovery World traces these changes back to the 1850s and explains how they were done and why.

For example, visitors can explore the evolution of baseball mitts from fingerless gloves to today’s professional models:

And also check out  baseball bats from the post-civil war models to those used by the likes of Ty Cobb, Eddie Matthews, Robin Yount and today’s stars:

There are also several other displays dedicated to jerseys, stadium lights and broadcasting:

Baseball history is so fascinating and visitors to this exhibit get a up close and personal look at a number of unique artifacts of the game. The way the museum weaves in the science and innovation of the game enhances the education experience.

And, while we were there, we both got to talking about how, although we’ve attended special events in the Pilot House and such, we hadn’t visited the museum itself since we were kids. We reminisced about field trips to the former locations, in the Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee Public Museum, with our favorite displays (the static electricity ball still exists, but the little chair that spins around is no longer there).

However, we’ve grown up a lot since then and so has Discovery World. Joel graciously showed us around the rest of the building and we were amazed at all of the other fun exhibits and to learn of the variety of interactive classes/events they offer. Not only is this a great place for kids, but it is also a great place for adults.

For example, here’s John getting a guitar “lesson” from Les Paul, part of a huge exhibit dedicated to one of the pioneers of the electric guitar and rock and roll:

John Steinmiller Les Paul

There is also an exhibit dedicated to the Miller Park Roof, where visitors can learn how the roof operates and even open and close a replica themselves!

Miller Park Roof Discovery World

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We were also fascinated to learn of the variety of programs offered for both kids and adults, including: a soda-making class; a “Goddess Brewing Series” (beer brewing for women, based on ancient goddesses–right up Cait’s alley!); wine & design; fragrance-making; as well as summer camps dedicated to making your own guitar, handbag, video game and more. Another great event for adults is the “Fish Fry & A Flick” summer movie series at Discovery World.  The 2013 schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but that is an always popular event.

We only had an hour to spend at Discovery World, but we could have easily stayed the whole day.

Whether, you haven’t been to Discovery World in awhile like us, or you’re a member, we’re sure new fans and veteran fans alike will enjoy the baseball exhibit and the rest of the experience.

The baseball exhibit will be at Discovery World through August and is included with general admission to Discovery World (free for members).

For more information, including rates and hours, please visit discoveryworld.org.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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