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Door County Maritime Museum

120 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
920-743-5958
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Door County Maritime Museum: Enjoy tales of bold ship captains, brave seaman, innovative shipbuilders, rugged fishermen, stalwart lighthouse keepers... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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West Columbia, South Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
29 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We spent two hours at the museum, including the tugboat tour. We didn't have time to visit the second floor. The museum is very interesting. Door county has a rich maritime history and the museum does an excellent job of displaying all facets of it.

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Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We liked all of the Maritime Museum.The Pirate and ship exhibits were especially interesting. However, we didn't care to much for the tour of the tug boat.

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This maze of a museum, spread over two floors, has an interesting collection of the history of the area including shipbuilding, which was and remains the heart of industrial Sturgeon Bay today. There are several interactive displays testing one's naval gunnery skills. My favorite is the periscope with a 360 degree panorama of the Bay. It took me back to... More

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Watseka
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This museum is very interesting. The exhibits are informative and well done. We enjoyed it. Beautiful location.

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

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit...thanks for the wonderful review. Hope you can visit again soon... More

Hillman, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Interesting place to visit...kid friendly. Lots of variety. Beautiful view of the harbor..worth seeing.

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

Ahoy! Thanks much for the wonderful review...we are thrilled you enjoyed your visit!! More

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

As the title says, we missed the boat tour, got there just after the last one. The museum wasn't on our itinerary but we saw it and decided to stop. Not bad for a small museum, but a little expensive for what's there.

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

Ahoy! Thank you for stopping by...sorry to hear you didn't get a chance to tour our historic tugboat, John Purves. Thanks much for the review...please come see us again when next your travels bring you to the Door Peninsula. More

Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This museum has many interesting displays of nautical and local history. The kids age 9 to 12 were not bored and found some hands on things to do. The displays were well done and we were not overwhelmed. It was just enough info for two hours.

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

Ahoy! Thanks much for the wonderful review...we're thrilled you and your children enjoyed your visit. Thanks again--hope you can return again in the not too distant future. More

Watertown, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We spent quite a long time at this museum. It is well thought out with tons of great pictures. Nothing brings home history like pictures.

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

Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed all our historic photos... Thanks much for the great review. Hope you can visit us again soon! More

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