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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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Lighthouse Festiaval

We were there by accident on the weekend of the Lighthouse Festival. Great way to spend a couple... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Darbydog06
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Lino Lakes, Minnesota
A good history of Door County

This museum has great history about how Door County was founded and how the shipping industry... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue C
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Mundelein, Illinois
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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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120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there by accident on the weekend of the Lighthouse Festival. Great way to spend a couple hours. Staff was very friendly. Good display of boats, boatworks and local shipwrecks.More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your last minute visit. We welcome you back this summer for the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival on Aug. 11-12. This action-packed 28th annual festival in Sturgeon Bay is a must see. The entire family can take in beautiful classic...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has great history about how Door County was founded and how the shipping industry related to it. It also has a very nice gift shop!More

Thank Sue C
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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind review! Located along Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin’s busy waterfront, the Door County Maritime Museum showcases the area’s rich maritime roots. Hard-working fishermen, brave ship captains, skilled craftsmen, bold inventors and lonely lighthouse keepers are just some of the personalities you’ll discover...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

displays on lighthouses, ship building and general maritime history of sturgeon bay. Only pay for the extra tour of the tugboat if you are able to step over high threshholds and climb up and down very steep stairsMore

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review! Yes the tug is a must see but the steps are very steep and we ask everyone to be very cautious. We have volunteers that will help you through the tug and give you a glimpse of what life might...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting museum with good views of the swing bridge. Nice way to understand the history of shipbuilding in Door County. Coupon available at Door County Visitor's Center - $1 off admission. Accessibility - good. Elevator available to 2nd floor.

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

Thank you for your review! Please come back to visit if you did not get a chance to see our new Shipwrecks of Door County exhibit. It is fun for all ages!

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We stopped at the museum last summer. Our kids enjoyed the interactive fun the museum had to offer. We took a tour of the old boat outside and we really enjoyed that! Make sure you take the tour of the tug of you make this...More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for your review. For the kids of all ages we are introducing our new Shipwreck of Door County exhibit opening May 26. The Shipwrecks of Door County exhibit explores maritime life on the Great Lakes and the inherent dangers that throughout Great Lakes...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was our first visit to the museum. But, I am sure it won't be our last. Not only did we run into a very informative man who helped answer the many, many questions we had but we also was able to witness a ship...More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you for your great review. We have a new exhibit, Shipwrecks of Door County, opening May 26. Would love for you to experience being part of a shipwreck first-hand. We will keep you safe and inspire all ages.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited Sturgeon Bay in the middle of a snowstorm and decided to head to the Maritime Museum. Beautiful location right on the water and there are many picture worthy views before you even head inside. For a small town museum, there...More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We are a small museum in a small community with large aspirations. On of which is to inspire and educate all who enter into our doors. Please come and see our newest exhibits coming in May and July.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

My husband and I went here on a rainy day. It was very interesting. They had an exhibit that was all about the sea dogs! They also had an exhibit on the lighthouse and the boats which was good too. We did the tour of...More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We are excited to announce that we have two new exhibits coming this year, Shipwrecks of Door County and Empire Fish. And these are to compliment the beginning of this year's new exhibits, Steve Reinke's Maritime Commemorative Photo exhibit...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

When you think of specialty history museums, it can be difficult to drum up any excitement sometimes, but the DC Maritime Museum makes a real impact and keeps your interest in just about every corner. If you want to spend your time using a real...More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are eager to show you our newest exhibit coming in May, Shipwrecks of Door County. It will take shipwrecks to a personal level when you feel what is like to be in a storm that will then capsize...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

As my time in Wisconsin begins to wind down, I recently traveled to Sturgeon Bay, in search of lighthouses. I’ve always been fascinated by them since seeing one in the movie, The Portrait of Jennie. My first stop was the maritime museum to gather some...More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are working on a multi-million dollar project to add a "lighthouse" view in Sturgeon Bay and provide 10 more floors of exhibits that explain much more about our maritime history. If you are interested in more information, please...More

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