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Door County Maritime Museum

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Address: 120 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone Number: +1 920-743-5958
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Description: Door County Maritime Museum: Enjoy tales of bold ship captains, brave...
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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Really enjoyed the tour of the John Purves tugboat and the Sea Dogs exhibit, as well as the lighthouse section and the periscope. This place is well worth the price of admission... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Jamey K
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed the tour of the John Purves tugboat and the Sea Dogs exhibit, as well as the lighthouse section and the periscope. This place is well worth the price of admission and a great way to kick off a trip to Door County.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review...we're thrilled you enjoyed your visit to the museum. Visit our website and like us on Facebook to keep up with the fun we are having with the new Sea Dogs exhibit and all our latest and greatest temporary exhibits! More 

Wentzville, MO
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Museum was good but the tour of the John Purves tugboat was excellent! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He took the time to answer individual questions.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks much for the great review. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the maritime museum and tour of the historic tugboat, John Purves. We love our big red tug!! I'll pass along your compliments to the tug docents (tour guides)...this dedicated bunch of volunteers truly makes the tug and its story come to life. Thanks again. More 

Mauston, Wisconsin, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Took the museum tour as well as the tugboat tour! Both were interesting and enjoyable! Everyone was very helpful! Definitely recommend this for both adults as well as children.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! We are excited to bring even more family-friendly enjoyment to the Door County Maritime Museum when we open our new 'Sea Dogs' exhibit this weekend, Sat. May 16. “Loyal companions, warriors, lifesavers, guardians… extraordinary stories of dogs and the sea.” Hope to see you again soon! More 

Malmo, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Nice exhibitions about the history of shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. Much small text to read, but also many pictures and real boats/ships to look at. On the second floor there is a nice exhibition about lighthouses.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! If you have not had the chance to visit our tug, the John Purves, we are equally as proud of the tours given aboard this 1919 restored tugboat. You will be guided by volunteers who clearly emulate their love our maritime history. More 

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We have been to this museum quite a few times- and this time specifically to see the Purve's Tugboat. Knowledgeable guide. My ten year old son loves coming here and especially enjoyed the boat.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and glowing review! Our tug docents (tour guides) are all volunteers and their love for the industry shows. We hope you will return soon and see our newest exhibit opening of 'Sea Dogs', May 16. More 

Menasha
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Worth going to visit. Especially in winter, not many things to do in town. Spend sometime there to learn the history of surgeon bay.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are excited to reopen the Cana Island Lighthouse and store on May 15 after our spring construction projects. This summer you can also experience our new landscaping project and repairs being done to the privy and oil houses. Then a climb to the top of the tower will knock your socks off as you... More 

Algoma, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

There is much for all to see here, even if you have no interest in Great Lakes history. Many artifacts, displays, and videos of Sturgeon Bays participation in Maritime activities, both merchant and military. We were fortunate to have a "guide" who worked in the local shipyards for about forty years. He was not employed by the museum, but he... More 

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit...be sure to check out our smaller museum in the historic fishing village of Gills Rock and Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor when you visit the Door Peninsula next. Thanks much for the wonderful review! More 

Davenport, Iowa
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82 reviews 82 reviews
35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

we have been here before, but went to see the festival of trees. It's was nice, only thing is I wish they would change the displays because the one they had we saw last year. It was fun though. Decent price of 8 dollars for adult admission

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. The Merry-Time Festival of Trees so much fun and I really enjoy watching the Christmas trees being put up and decorated. We also have a new exhibit for you this year. The Pirates in the Harbor are gone and we are putting up "Sea Dogs". Sea dogs are "Loyal companions, warriors, lifesavers, guardians... extraordinary... More 

Stratham, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Had a nice couple of hours at this interesting small museum. Our second visit. A lot of local maritime vhistory and nicer collection of artifacts, models, engines and art.

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Amy P, Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope you can join us in the Spring of 2015 to enjoy our new exhibit, "Sea Dogs". Thanks much for the great review! More 

Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The annual Christmas Trees are up and wonderfully decorated. For the price of admission you get a raffle ticket to win your favorite tree. Local businesses and organizations support the Museum by donating their time, talent, and products. Awesome job!

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Amy P, Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful review...we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit. The Merry-Time Festival of Trees is such a wonderful event and supported by over 150 local businesses. We are blessed to have so much support and so much fun this holiday season. We look forward to your visit again. More 

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