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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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We toured the tug boat

WE didn't have time for the museum but toured the tug boat and found it very interesting and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
squirellybird
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
Allow several hours!

For years we went to the old Maritime Museum just north of Bay Ship in Sunset Park. What an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hillary C
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Waterford, Wisconsin
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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 didn't have time for the museum but toured the tug boat and found it very interesting and the kids enjoyed it. I would recommend it!

Thank squirellybird
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. Our volunteer tug docents have put countless number of hours restoring the tug, maintaining her and giving guided tours. Their love for the vessel shows through!

Reviewed 1 week ago

For years we went to the old Maritime Museum just north of Bay Ship in Sunset Park. What an upgrade! They only thing missing was the gentleman who always had some interesting tidbit of information about what the Sturgeon Bay shipbuilders were up to! We...More

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

Thank you for your great review. The gentleman you are referring to has such a love for the museum. His feet gave out too which is why he isn't here anymore. I will let him know how much he touched so many lives with his...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is located right along Sturgeon Bay. It is not very big, but has lots of interesting exhibits and artifacts in it. It definitely gives you an impression of how hard daily life was for a fisherman. The restored ship was so interesting. Be...More

Thank ca4cha
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your great review. We are in the process of raising money to build an addition to the museum that will allow visitors to see more of the working waterfront of Sturgeon Bay and give you a better idea of the historic significance...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Great artifacts, cool ships, thought it was kind of pricy for a museum though. $10/person. Loved the seadogs section. Would be great for younger kids and families.

Thank Nicole G
Amy P, General Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for your review. If you have the chance you might enjoy the tour of our tugboat, John Purves. Moored at our dock, volunteer tour guides give a great presentation of life at sea aboard a ship. Sea stories are abundant!

Reviewed 29 August 2017

The museum is right on the bay with a view of the Michigan St. Bridge. There are 2 floors in the museum with a stairway and an elevator. There is a small outside deck with a view of the John Purves tugboat (which you can...More

Thank Norma W
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for your review. It is wonderful to be able to also offer visitors the opportunity to take tours of the tugboat John Purves. It is well worth the extra time as the volunteer tour guides have a passion for the tug and it's...More

Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

This was a well laid out museum with many different exhibits. They had many different videos of different points of history and locations. There were things for adults and children so no one would be bored. The tour thru a retired tugboat was our favorite...More

1  Thank ddsplitts
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for your review. We will be replacing the Sea Dog exhibit in the beginning of 2018 and will be creating a new shipwreck exhibit that will again interest all ages. Computer interactive games and a children's playground are only a small portion of...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Very interesting but not much interactive to do. Lots of pictures and reading. Fun to see old boats and motors.

Thank MinnesotaMomMpls
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for your review. We are adding more interactives every year. This year we have 4 interactives in the Sea Dog's exhibit and will be adding more with the change out of the exhibit in early 2018. Hope to see you again.

Reviewed 21 August 2017

There are 4 exhibits on the inside and most are very informative, running you through the local maritime history. Naturally my 9-year old was bored with most exhibits but one that was specifically for kids. Boat tour was neat and guide was very knowledgeable. Close...More

Thank Rich B
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you for your review. I was fascinated personally that my 11 and 12 year old were so en trawled with the tour of the tug John Purves. They are also easily bored and this really kept their attention. They were able to ask questions...More

Reviewed 19 August 2017

Very nicely presented exhibits of many ship models with a lot of information as well as other attractions. The tour of the tugboat was very interesting and led by a knowledgeable docent. A little expensive, but definitely worth it.More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you for your review. We are in the middle of fundraising for a 5.5 million dollar addition to the building that will allow us to add 10 new exhibits and off an amazing view of the working waterfront from 100' in the air. There...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

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 17 August 2017

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

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