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Door County Maritime Museum

120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
+1 920-743-5958
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Interesting museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

My wife, Sheila, and I made this an early stop on our trip to Door County. She was not overly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bob Z
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Winfield, Illinois
Not quite as good as advertised

We had very high expectations and the museum did not meet them (especially after the very pleasant... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paul O
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Bloomington
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Door County Maritime Museum: Enjoy tales of bold ship captains, brave seaman, innovative shipbuilders, rugged fishermen, stalwart lighthouse keepers and much, much more--sea stories abound! The Door County Maritime Museum offers three unique visitor experiences. Its year-round 20,000 square foot flagship museum is located between the dowtown bridges on Sturgeon Bay's workking waterfront. It features four large exhibit galleries and the immaculately restored seagoing tugboat John Purves built in 1919. The iconic Cana Island Lighthouse, located Baileys Harbor, is a Door County treasure. The northern museum is a hidden gem featuring the classic wooden fish tug Hope. It is located in the historic fishing village of Gills Rock alongside the infamous "Death's Door" passage. Both are open seasonally.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife, Sheila, and I made this an early stop on our trip to Door County. She was not overly anxious to go, but in retrospect was glad that she did. Located on the waterfront in downtown Sturgeon Bay, the museum is housed in a...More

Thank Bob Z
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

So glad you enjoyed you visit to the Door County Maritime Museum. It took 5 years and many long hours to restore the tug John Purves. Now volunteers give tours of the fascinating ship many of whom know what it is like to live aboard...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had very high expectations and the museum did not meet them (especially after the very pleasant surprise we had at the Door County History Museum). I'm not exactly sure why we had such high expectations, the maritime history of Sturgeon Bay is not particularly...More

Thank Paul O
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are in the process of fundraising for a multi-million dollar addition in which we will be adding more STEM learning and interactive and immersive environments. That should be up and running in 2019. Thank you for visiting.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this museum to be very interesting. We learned a lot about shipbuilding and past industry in Sturgeon Bay. The museum is self guided. My favorite part was the tour of the John Purves tug. Great history and our guide was terrific.

Thank Ekehl
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. The tug tour is guided and they are all amazing volunteers, many of whom are giving you first hand experience of life aboard a tug boat. They are an amazing part of our museum family!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting museum with a loveable older gentleman with great stories. If you enjoy ships and like to view them this is a great little museum.

Thank Bex3975
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We have only a full-time staff and hundreds of volunteers who put their heart and soul into the museum. Many come directly from all walks of maritime industry so the tour guide stories are amazing!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great place to review the maritime history of the area. Incredible exhibits very well done and educational. Well worth the time. Importantly, there is a kid's area which includes virtual ship piloting. Incredible ! I must say, however, that the people that...More

Thank Guhor1966
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. At the height of the tourism season in Sturgeon Bay we work hard to welcome thousands of visitors and share with them the history that helps define Door County and our rich maritime heritage. Hundreds of volunteers also help us...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really am a sucker for a good Maritime Museum and this one is just as good as the Beaufort, North Carolina Maritime Museum (highly recommended). They have a few interactive games for kids that are pretty cool. Including one where you steer a freight...More

Thank jbzielinski
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. We are replacing the Sea Dog's exhibit in January so please see it soon. New exhibit will replace it in May of 2018.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good Museum, but you gotta tour the tug bug. Tug boat tour took about an hour and the tour guide was amazing. Sooo much knowledge.

Thank Brian G
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Did you know that all our tugboat tour guides are volunteers for the museum? That alone is a testament of the love these guides have for the tug, the lakes, boating and life on the water.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I learned so much about ships, boats, shipbuilding, lighthouses, lighthouse keepers, ship dogs, fishing dogs, and the list goes on and on! It was very interesting and enjoyable! My husband and I spent three hours here and could have stayed longer.

Thank Pamela B
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. We are in the midst of fundraising for additional exhibit space and a fabulous outlook tower for next year. Please check out our website for the Maritime Lighthouse Tower project to learn more.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ship Building was huge in Sturgeon Bay during WWII. There Wanda the Welder should get as much credit as Rosie!

Thank Kim R
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Too funny! Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Showed up about an hour before closing and staff alerted us to that fact, but we thought it would be plenty of time for such a small a museum. In the end we were rushing to finish all the exhibits. So, in all, plenty of...More

Thank FAugustin
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. We are working on a museum expansion project and that will also increase the amount of time it takes to go through exhibits and the tug boat tours.

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