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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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Great little museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 8, 2014
Lisa D
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Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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82 reviews 82 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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 

Sherwood, Wisconsin
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354 reviews 354 reviews
95 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

We spent a couple delightful hours. There is a nice variety with great models, art, lots on the local shipbuilding history, naval artifacts, and the current great pirates exhibit. The kids there were having a great time on the "ship". We did not tour outside so we have that to look forward to when we return.

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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. We look forward to your visit in the spring when we open our new "Sea Dogs" exhibit. This is sure to intrigue the entire family. More 

Colleyville, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What a pleasant surprise. The museum is much bigger that we thought it would be. Definitely need to visit to get the flavor of Door County.

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

Thanks so much for the positive review...greatly appreciated! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We have a new exhibit opening in May 2015... be sure to stop back to see us when next you visit the beautiful Door Peninsula! More 

Downers Grove, Illinois
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The museum and tours give a great feeling for shipping on the Great Lakes. You wouldn't intuitively think a tug boat tour would be captivating, but it was. It is never over crowded and was well worth the few hours we spent there.

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

Thanks for the wonderful review...great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and tour of the historic tug, John Purves. We love our tugboat!! More 

Stewartville, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This museum has great exhibits, which we found to be interesting. We arrived about 90 minutes before closing, which was not really enough time to take everything in... The friendly staff offered us vouchers to come back the next day to make sure we were able to see everything! This is well worth your time to visit.

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

Thanks so much for the great review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit! Hope you can stop back in the spring and tour our historic tugboat, John Purves. More 

Greenwood In
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Very nice museum, the tug boat tour is great fun. The museum has so much to tell about shipbuilding and the history of the area. We spent very little to see all this. Great value.

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Bob D, General Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Ahoy! Thanks for the wonderful review...we're thrilled you enjoyed your visit!! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Make time and visit the Maritime Museum. We enjoyed the tour of the Tugboat, and the museum itself. If museums are your thing, take your time and visit.

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Bob D, General Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Ahoy! Thanks so much for the great review...wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We enjoy sharing the extraordinary maritime heritage of the Door Peninsula with our visitors! More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

we stopped in here after a visit to some of the lighthouses. there was a lot of good information on the shipping and the need for lighthouses here as well as a lighthouse lens

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Bob D, General Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit...our lighthouse gallery is a visitor favorite. Thanks much for the great review! More 

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