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Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc

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4.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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  • We had some time while in Manitowoc WI, and were driving around, we came across this museum, it sits on a river and sitting in the river is a Submarine. 24 Subs were built in Manitowoc during WW 2. Th...  read more »
  • A variety of displays about Manitowoc's maritime heritage from pleasure boats to lake freighters to WWII sub manufacturing. Tour of a real sub was fabulous. 
  • It is a good place to help you understand the history of ship making in Manitowoc. Especially when the shipyards where producing Submarines for WWII. You get to go onboard the sub and see how they liv...  read more »
  • We arrived late in the day, one and a half hours before closing. We really wanted to see the submarine tour and were able to get on the last guided tour. That left us with about 20 minutes to see the rest of the museum (definitely not enough time). The tour of the submarine was great and the guide, Julie, was knowledgeable and had several interesting stories of men who served on the Cobia. As we were leaving, we expressed to the staff our regret of not having enough time to see the rest of the museum. They suggested that we come back the following day (with no additional charge) to see the rest of the museum. How great is that?
  • Definitely worth every penny! We paid and had 45 min to walk around and look around before the tour started. Unfortunately we were unaware the museum was not guided along with the tour so we basically waisted the 45 min looking in the small area around the gift shop. When we first got there a group of foreign exchange students were being showed around so we thought all of it would be guided. So after the 45 min wait and doing the submarine tour (which was amazing!) it was only then we discovered the rest of the entire museum on our own which was not guided. So definitely worth the money. I grew up in the town and was a little on the poorer side so we were never able to afford to take our large family. The price is no where near what other museums charge (and they don't have a real submarine) so it was finally a great experience I've been wanting to do for a very long time. Give yourself time to really explore especially if nautical life is something that interests you.
  • If you are anywhere near Manitowoc, a trip to the Maditime Museum and the USS Cobia is a must. The model ship displays ate amazing.
  • Wow what a cool place!! I have never seen a sub up close. Then we went inside and with a tour guide named Keith who knew everything about the boat. I took my kids and we enjoyed the whole attraction. Operating the lock and dam with boats was a blast. What a neat way to honor Wisconsin Vets. They have card almost like baseball cards with information about the sailor who served. Discounts for Vets.
  • My son and I went here on a cub scout trip where we got to sleep in the submarine which was a great experience. We got to go in to the museum the next day and it was pretty cool to learn about the area's historical significance as it pertains to the sub manufacturing for WWII. It's a good way to spend a few hours some day.
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