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Door County Maritime Museum

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Address: 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
Phone Number: +1 920-743-5958
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Door County Maritime Museum: Enjoy tales of bold ship captains, brave...

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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Nice museum

Nice set of exhibits featuring local history. To see the boats outside is an extra $3, $10 to get in the museum. Friendly staff. Try the ship simulator on the second floor... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
RandR J
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Lindenhurst, Illinois
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Lindenhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice set of exhibits featuring local history. To see the boats outside is an extra $3, $10 to get in the museum. Friendly staff. Try the ship simulator on the second floor, it doesn't steer like a real ship but still is fun.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to learn about the development of shipping and ship building in the Door County area. Exhibits are well done. There are a few short films to explain the times and people involved. There is a walking tour of the tugboat and rides in season on the fire boat. Worth a visit. Great rainy day activity!

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Thank DACTCC
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We really enjoy telling the history of the maritime rich place we call home. Door County has been into shipbuilding and working the shores of Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay for centuries. More 

Dyersburg, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were given a tour of the John Purves tug boat by none other than John's son Bob who was a wealth of information and made it very interesting.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. All of our docents (tour guides) aboard the John Purves are volunteers. They give tours of the tug because of their love and devotion to an era of hard working men and women on the Great Lakes. Oh so many stories to tell! More 

Merrill, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to tour. This tour give great history of the ships and shipbuilding history of the area. There are hands on activities like a pilothouse which lets you simulate piloting a ship and a working periscope that lets you see a 360 degree view of the area surrounding the museum. There is something of interest for all... More 

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great 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 in the galleries of the museum. See how these maritime pioneers worked and what they... More 

Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

A good activity for bad weather days. We enjoyed all of the exhibits, but the best part was the optional tour of the tug boat led by the son of the man who ran it for many years. He was wonderful!

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. There is nothing like learning and entertainment wrapped in one great experience. Thank you and come again! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

It was a rainy day and decided to visit because it was indoors. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. The tour of the tugboat was especially enjoyable.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Our cadre of volunteer tug tour guides are an attraction that should not be missed. In December 1956, Roen Steamship Company of Sturgeon Bay purchased the John Purves and put her to work on all five Great Lakes taking on towing and salvage jobs. The Purves was well known throughout the Great Lakes for her... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

When here with my family they great maritime stuff they even had a display about Dogs in the industry which my daughter loved.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. In our attempt to reach customers of all ages, we find educating and entertaining the young to be a true joy! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Looking for something new to do this time in Door County we decided to visit the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay and take a tour of the tug boat John Purves. Great idea. Lots of good information on the ship building industry of Sturgeon Bay. The tour on the tug boat, was also very good. We had a good tour... More 

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are also raising money to build a lighthouse tower and add 10 additional stories of exhibit space along with an amazing observation platform to see Sturgeon Bay's working waterfront from 110' in the air. Watch our website for more information. More 

cedar rapids, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Small and quick, kids don't get bored and that's a plus. Nice park right next door to help kids burn off that extra energy.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Did you get a chance to drive the 400' freighter, the Elba, interactively through the bridges of Sturgeon Bay? Of course you have the opportunity to crash the freighter into the bridge and see what happens... More 

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The Maritime museum was very interesting. The room on sea dogs were really neat. I loved looking at all the model ships. The price was decent for the types and amount of things. I liked learning about all the shipwrecks

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

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 in the galleries of the museum. More 

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