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Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc

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The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a museum in the Lake Michigan port and shipbuilding city of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S., that preserves and teaches about the history of the Great Lakes. Founded in 1968 as the Manitowoc Submarine Memorial Association, the facility opened in 1969 in the former YMCA of Manitowoc. In 1991, it relocated to a new, 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) building. The museum is the site of a large collection of Great Lakes maritime history, original artifacts, and nautical archaeology, including stories of the many well-preserved shipwrecks of Lake Michigan.

The museum was founded by former submariners and civic leaders who wanted to bring a World War II submarine to Manitowoc to commemorate the role the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company played in building twenty-eight Gato and Balao-class submarines and landing craft that were used to fight that war. In 1970, the United States Navy donated USS Cobia to the museum. Cobia is a Gato-class submarine like those constructed in Manitowoc. Cobia is berthed in the Manitowoc River adjacent to the museum and is open to both museum visitors and overnight guests.
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  • Manitowoc was our last big stop before heading home the next day with our sights set on the Maritime Museum. The museum is located right on the the Manitowoc River not far west of Lake Michigan with.....  more
    Manitowoc was our last big stop before heading home the next day with our sights set on the Maritime Museum. The museum is located right on the the Manitowoc River not far west of Lake Michigan with.....  more »
  • This was our third tour at this site. The two previous experiences were excellent. Today 6 additional people were allowed to join the group, making conditions very crowded and awkward. A school group....  more
    This was our third tour at this site. The two previous experiences were excellent. Today 6 additional people were allowed to join the group, making conditions very crowded and awkward. A school group....  more »
  • An excelent museumin Manitowoc wisconsin. The museum gives you an oportunity to expirience and see the history of the town building the submarines in the 2 world war. 
    An excelent museumin Manitowoc wisconsin. The museum gives you an oportunity to expirience and see the history of the town building the submarines in the 2 world war.  more »
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  • I was very fortunate to share a special overnight trip inside the USS Cobia with my son. The program was a lot of fun and very informative. Our museum guides did a great job providing an interactive experience for our scout pack by putting them through a mild training exercise. Sleeping overnight inside the submarine was quite a unique experience; one that my son will never forget. Overall we learned a lot about life inside a WWII sub and came away with a new appreciation for the life of a Navy seaman.
  • My husband and I enjoyed the various displays and learned many new interesting facts from the state's history. We especially liked learning about the area's submarine building history. The building was very clean and easy to navigate. The museum gift shop also had many interesting items and souvenirs.
  • We had a great experience and highly recommend stopping by this museum! We took our 3 kids- 9,10,11 years old and they all had a good time. The submarine tour is a must- the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and kind. The museum has so much to look at and do. There's also a fun water feature room that all our kids enjoyed the most. I loved that there was a Disability Pride Month recognition on their TV and also Pride items for sale in the gift shop! Awesome to see!
  • The festival was held outside. We didnt have enough time to go inside to check things out but we really enjoyed everything. From the great food to entertainment to just watching the water. Please visit small places like this. It's always worth it!
  • We were there on the christmas at the museum day. It was free admission, there were drinks and vendors and santa and all sorts of things. I thought it should have been much busier than it was. The cobia was awesome and the men on board telling stories were so wonderful.

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