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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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Seaman, Ships and Christmas Trees Too

As my time in Wisconsin begins to wind down, I recently traveled to Sturgeon Bay, in search of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hitheroadwithlila
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Interesting

If you like boats, marine life and the water, then this place is a must see. Interesting builder... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
mrmjmsm
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Neshkoro, 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

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

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

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

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you like boats, marine life and the water, then this place is a must see. Interesting builder tours and a gift shop.More

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

Thank you for your review. We also have interactive exhibits, a little indoor playground for the kids and a family fun holiday event going on right now where Christmas trees and wreaths are woven through the museum galleries. The best part is you can win...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017

The history of Sturgeon Bay shipbuilding is related with lots of scale models of ships built at Sturgeon Bay. Equipment of boats, sails, and engines are well-displayed and explained. There are impelling stories of Great Lakes shipwrecks. There is an interesting museum store with many...More

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

Thank you for your review. It is amazing to think of our maritime history and realize most of it began with the settlers who came in the 1850's.

Reviewed 25 October 2017

A rainy, blustery day in Sturgeon Bay, perfect for spending time at the museum! The exhibits are well thought out and interesting. There's even a working periscope you can use to see 360 degree views outside the museum. The highlight for us was a tour...More

Thank WItraveller12
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. Our tug docents truly love what they do! We are always looking for more so if you live in the area and would love to join our amazing volunteer crew, please let us know.

Reviewed 12 October 2017

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 13 October 2017

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 9 October 2017

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 10 October 2017

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 8 October 2017

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 10 October 2017

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

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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

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