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Door County Maritime Museum

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Address: 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
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+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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Great Maritime Museum

Great Maritime Museum full of Rich local history that all ages will enjoy. I highly recommend stopping, when in Door County.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kristen l
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Maritime Museum full of Rich local history that all ages will enjoy. I highly recommend stopping, when in Door County.

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

Thank you for your kind review. We are also looking to a near future addition to the museum called the Maritime Tower. Please check our website for more information and how to support the project. More 

Watertown, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We had fun here but just wish it was a tad cheaper or had more interactive exhibits. It's a good stop with family.

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

Thank you for your comments. The museum completely agrees with your assessment. We are in a multi-million dollar fundraising effort to restore the outside of the lighthouse buildings before we go after the inside. We will be restoring the outbuildings this year so they do not cave in. Then we will tackle preserving the Fresnel lens and restoring the inside... More 

Dakota Dunes, South Dakota
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This area is rich in local maritime history and this is the best place to soak it up. Great displays to learn from. Modern & well done. We always take friends here. Lots to see & do. Very interesting. Great gift shop as well. Worth the price of admission.

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

Thank you for your great review. We have lots of new exhibits planned for the upcoming years. We are fundraising for a new maritime tower that will ad 10 floors of new interactive exhibits. Oh do we have maritime stories to tell! More 

Lindenhurst, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 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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Thank RandR J
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We look forward to showcasing our new Maritime Tower next year that will also give visitors an aerial view of Sturgeon Bay's working waterfront. Check out our website for more details. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 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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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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Reviewed 7 November 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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Thank bloggerkeeper
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 attraction reviews
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 

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