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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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Interesting Artifacts and Tour

While at the Maritime Museum, we took a tour of the John Purves Tug and were lucky enough to have a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Julee L
The greeter wasnt professional. Thought it was a bother to answer our questions. We legt

They said the same tours were last weekend but their signs were still up. Didn't seem to know where... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Zeta P
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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

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.

Thank Julee L
Reviewed 3 days 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 car

Thank Zeta P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pleasant, enjoyable, and interesting place to tour. About two hours for both. Clean and well done.

Thank Kona-KonaKen
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are replacing our Sea Dog's exhibit next spring. Don't miss it.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly enlightening experience seeing/reading about all the artifacts that the museum has to offer. The collections are wonderful.

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

Thank you for your kind review. I hope you were also able to board our 1919 restored tug John Purves. The ship was apart of several WWII training missions here in the Great Lakes.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great tour through the tug boat, lots of interesting information inside the museum. my husband very much enjoyed it.More

Thank Carin W
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. You might also be interested in joining us for this year's Door County Lighthouse Festival, June 9-11 or the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival on Aug 12-13. You can find more information on the Door County Maritime...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tug boat tour was the best part! Tom was our tour guide and we was very informative and answered all my questions. It was a great experience to be able to see this piece of history. The museum it self is on the smaller...More

Thank tracy g
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. I agree that our tug tour guides are amazing. Even better you know their passion is for real as they are all volunteers! If you love boats, please consider joining us for this year's Door County Classic & Wooden...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Loved this museum! History of the door county lighthouses was very interesting! The videos throughout the museum were very informative.More

Thank spabolin
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you for your review and for visiting us at the Door County Maritime Museum. We are proud to hold the title of "Lighthouse Preservation Society". We also celebrate the Door Peninsula's 11 historic lighthouses during the Door County Lighthouse Festival June 9-11. Would love...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Having been to several maritime museums around the world, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this one. This IS THE BEST maritime museum I've ever been to!!! The docent "big" Al for the tug boat John Purves is magnificent!!! He is a volunteer...More

3  Thank Tigerman777
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you! This is a huge compliment and one that will be shared with the staff. It will be a great encouragement to keep up the excellent work. We are also very fortunate to have such a strong and passionate volunteer crew who maintain the...More

Reviewed 9 May 2017

There was a very interesting exhibit on the history of ship building in Sturgeon Bay. This was thoughtfully put together. They also have docent led tours of their tugboat (extra charge). This is not to be missed. It is a chance to go into the...More

Thank bus_visitor
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you for your kind review. We are blessed to have such a strong group of volunteers who give tours of the tug and who have spent countless hours restoring her. I recently visited another restored tug and I was able to fully appreciate how...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Large museum with self lead tours, Reasonably priced. Take as long as you want to tour on your own as well. Beautiful boats outside as well to tour. We visited during off season so we weren't able to see those boats though. The lighthouse room...More

Thank spaetzel10
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you for the kind review. So very glad you enjoyed your visit. We are planning two new exhibits for next year. Please don't miss them!

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