Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay

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The Door County Maritime Museum is an American maritime museum located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, with additional sites in Gills Rock, Wisconsin, and the Cana Island Light.
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  • Door County Maritime Museum has three locations, the largest in Sturgeon Bay, Gill's Rock, and the Cana Island Lighthouse. All three are worth the visit if you have the time. This was my first... 
    Door County Maritime Museum has three locations, the largest in Sturgeon Bay, Gill's Rock, and the Cana Island Lighthouse. All three are worth the visit if you have the time. This was my first...  more »
  • The museum is full of information and artifacts. The tugboat tour was a great experience. The tour guide was fantastic. 
    The museum is full of information and artifacts. The tugboat tour was a great experience. The tour guide was fantastic.  more »
  • I was very impressed with the Door County Maritime Museum. When you get in, you are grouped with about 10 others and start out on the 1st floor of the tower to watch a movie which gives you an... 
    I was very impressed with the Door County Maritime Museum. When you get in, you are grouped with about 10 others and start out on the 1st floor of the tower to watch a movie which gives you an...  more »
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  • I've been wanting to check this museum out since seeing it on one of the Door County Trolley Tours a couple years ago. We finally made a Sturgeon Bay trip happen and we stopped in finally. It is a very cool thing to do for $30. My wife and I went and had a very educational time. There is so much that I didn't know about this area and Wisconsin history as a whole. The observation tower is really cool and you can see for miles!! The ability to see all the Marina's and boats going up and down the waterways is neat. I've been into boats and Maritime things since I was a kid. Seeing the history of Sturgeon Bay and its boating history was really cool. I'd highly recommend this place to anyone interested in history, boats, maritime history, and it's good for families and kids.
  • Great history lesson on ships and shipbuilding in Wisconsin. We enjoyed an hour in the Tower Tour and another hour on the Tug Tour. The Tower Tour had a fascinating 11 minute video followed by a ride to the tenth floor of a museum with each floor being a different theme. I didn't know how big of an impact Wisconsin had in the nations ships! Our Tug tour was unique, Larry our docent was full of facts. The stairs are steep, but plenty of handles to hold on to. I recommend spending the $20 per person and doing both tours!
  • My husband and I visited here on our way back through the peninsula towards home and my only regret is that we didn’t dedicate even more time to our visit. Thankfully, when we stopped on the way up, the kind staff let us know how large the museum was and that we wouldn’t see as much as we’d want in the window left before they closed (although they were still more than happy to have us). In addition to their HUGE collection of artifacts in the mail galleries, we paid the extra $5 for the tugboat tour, expecting a 15-minute jaunt through mostly on our own supervised for damage. Instead, we were delighted to have the most knowledgeable staff member spend a full hour taking us through the entire tugboat, teaching us along the way. The tower area is gorgeous and offers so much information in addition to the gorgeous view from the top. Truly, you could spend more than half a day here. I can’t wait to see what they do with the few areas still under renovation. Be sure to stop.
  • Is a great learning experience about all the ships that went down in the waters around the door peninsula. The sights to see from the new tower that they built are breath taking. Definitely a place to stop and see and learn all about the ships, crew, the lighthouses and what made door county the great place it is today!
  • I went with my daughter in law and 2 grandkids and it was really cool. All of the history of Door County was interesting and the interactive displays were informative. We really enjoyed looking at the models of the boats as well. We will be back!

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