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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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Cool museum

Great artifacts, cool ships, thought it was kind of pricy for a museum though. $10/person. Loved... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nicole G
via mobile
Lots to see!

The museum is right on the bay with a view of the Michigan St. Bridge. There are 2 floors in the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Norma W
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Hoschton, Georgia
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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 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 8 August 2017

We had very high expectations and the museum did not meet them (especially after the very pleasant surprise we had at the Door County History Museum). I'm not exactly sure why we had such high expectations, the maritime history of Sturgeon Bay is not particularly...More

Thank Paul O
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for your review. We are in the process of fundraising for a multi-million dollar addition in which we will be adding more STEM learning and interactive and immersive environments. That should be up and running in 2019. Thank you for visiting.

Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We found this museum to be very interesting. We learned a lot about shipbuilding and past industry in Sturgeon Bay. The museum is self guided. My favorite part was the tour of the John Purves tug. Great history and our guide was terrific.

Thank Ekehl
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for your review. The tug tour is guided and they are all amazing volunteers, many of whom are giving you first hand experience of life aboard a tug boat. They are an amazing part of our museum family!

Reviewed 5 August 2017

Very interesting museum with a loveable older gentleman with great stories. If you enjoy ships and like to view them this is a great little museum.

Thank Bex3975
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for your review. We have only a full-time staff and hundreds of volunteers who put their heart and soul into the museum. Many come directly from all walks of maritime industry so the tour guide stories are amazing!

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