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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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Ship Building was huge in Sturgeon Bay during WWII. There Wanda the Welder should get as much... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kim R
Fun little museum

Showed up about an hour before closing and staff alerted us to that fact, but we thought it would... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
FAugustin
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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 2 days ago

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

Thank Kim R
Reviewed 5 days 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 days 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.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the museum. 8 yr old said, "Mom this was better than expected!". Would definitely recommend and come back.

Thank Pat and Tricia H
Reviewed 1 week ago

After several years, we returned to this great museum, this time with friends who were visiting for the Fourth of July. Some of the displays have been on exhibit for some time, but two new ones (at least for me) were special. The largest was...More

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

Thank you for your review. We are excited about the new Elba freighter interactive. 7 computer screens and a large ship's wheel allow you to navigate through the 3 bridges in Sturgeon Bay. Our tug tours are also a must see. These volunteer tour guides...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative museum with an additional tour of a tugboat. Small museum, bot loaded with information.More

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

Thank you for your review. The museum is located along Sturgeon Ba, Wisconsin’s, busy waterfront and 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 in the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've watched the progression of this museum and there has been fantastic additions. The "periscope" and the virtual ship navigation through the canal are wonderful. If you want to know what makes Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay then put this on your vacation agenda.More

Thank Ann H
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 currently fundraising for an addition to the museum that will resemble a lighthouse. This will give us 10 additional exhibits of Sturgeon Bay and Door County rich maritime information. We are excited too because we will be...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Several of us in the family were looking for something to do and with the storm clouds starting to gather, we ducked inside the Maritime Museum. We spent several hours wandering through the displays and reading the history of ship building. You're not going to...More

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

Thank you for your review. If you did not get the chance to tour the tug John Purves, I would highly recommend it as well. Enjoy an all-access, 40 minute guided tour of the John Purves, an immaculately restored 1919 Great Lakes tugboat. Explore the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is very informative bout the importance of Sturgeon Bay in the war. There are some great exhibits upstairs too. In my opinion, the best part of the tour is the tugboat tour. Don't miss it.

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

Thank you for your review. I would agree that the tug tour is a must see and do. Our volunteer tour guides enjoy every minute giving tours and telling tales of their days on the Great Lakes.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While at the Maritime Museum, we took a tour of the John Purves Tug and were lucky enough to have a tour guide with personal connections to the boat. His memories of his father working on the boat made the tour extrra enjoyable.More

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

Thank you for your review. So glad you enjoyed your tug tour. Many of our tour guides are well versed in life aboard a tug. One of the guides worked on the vessel for 30 years and the other's father was who the boat was...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They said the same tours were last weekend but their signs were still up. Didn't seem to know where we could ride a trolley carMore

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

Thank you for your review. Many of our staff are trained to answer many local questions to accommodate guests. Please note that there are two red boats in front of the museum. One is run by the Chicago Fire Boat that gives cruises and one...More

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