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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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A Great Little Museum

Want to learn about shipwrecks on the great lakes, how a tugboat operates, model ship building, and "Sea Dogs"? Come to Sturgeon Bay. The museum is right in the downtown... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Want to learn about shipwrecks on the great lakes, how a tugboat operates, model ship building, and "Sea Dogs"? Come to Sturgeon Bay. The museum is right in the downtown district between the two bridges and a block or two from two beautiful motels on the riverfront, The new "Sea Dogs" exhibit has "hands on" exhibits for the kids and... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit to our new Sea Dogs exhibit! We have connected our love for dogs with their service and companionship in the maritime industry. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The current exhibit is Sea Dogs, which chronicles the canine contribution to life on the ocean from war heroes to lighthouse keepers. Very sweet. You can take a 45 min tour of a tug boat for an extra fee. It took us about an hour to peruse the museum, and we learned quite a bit. The gift shop is worth... More 

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

Thanks so much for the positive review and we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We have a new Door County Art League art exhibit opening August 22 thru Oct 18. Please stop back if you get the chance. The exhibit showcases a Door County maritime focus and is rightfully named "All Along the Shore". More 

Southgate, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Staff working at the front desk the day we visited were not helpful, more interested in making sure they get the donation for the lighthouse passport stamps...overall Door County was a disappointment.

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

Thanks you for your review...we do our best to use all input to spur improvement. We're sorry you didn't find your visit to the museum informative. Our goal is for you to see maritime pioneers, how they worked and what they made to more deeply understand and appreciate your visit to Door County. We're sorry we didn't meet your expectations.... More 

Roseville, United States
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This museum has many interesting facts about shipping in the Great Lakes area. I especially liked the Sea Dogs exhibit. The tug boat tour was fun!

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

Thank you for your great feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit! We are very proud of our big red tug and the new Sea Dogs exhibit has been so much fun and enjoyed by all ages! Please visit again soon! More 

Columbus, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The Museum is a great place that is well focused as indicated by the name. Sturgeon Bay was and is an important shipbuilding city. The museum consists of two floors (elevator available) with lots of history focusing on ships and people from the area. Sturgeon Bay made ships during WWII and some of the displays reflect that history. Good interactive... More 

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

Thank you for the wonderful review...we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We enjoy celebrating the Door Peninsula's fascinating maritime heritage with all our visitors! We hope you can plan a return visit in the not too distant future. Thanks again! More 

Soddy Daisy, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This was pretty neat for adults. The kids got bored quickly. The tugboat was really cool and the kids enjoyed that. We have a family of 8 so we bought the $80 membership. We got the tugboat tour free, and the membership covered entry into Cana Island Lighthouse as well as the fee to climb the lighthouse .

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

Thank you for your great review. Welcome to the Door County Maritime Museum family! With your membership you can experience unlimited visits to all three of our locations year round - Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island and Gills Rock. More 

Annapolis, il
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Museum was OK, best part of visit was tour of the tug boat. Great docent. As with most new museums it is mostly blown up photos and not enough actual artifacts.

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

Thanks much for the review--we value all feedback from our visitors. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the historic tugboat John Purves--it's a truly unique experience with a passionate and dedicated cadre of volunteers. More 

Kenosha, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Great showcase of the maritime history of the area including boat building/builders. The special exhibit about sea dogs was very interesting. There is a guided tug boat tour that is optional but totally worth doing.

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

Thank you for your great comments. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit, especially the tour of the historic tug, John Purves. We are very proud of our massive red tugboat. An amazing cadre of dedicated volunteers spent tens of thousands of hours restoring her back to her glory. I wholeheartedly concur that any trip to the museum would... More 

Storm Lake, Iowa
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the museum. Located right on the harbor, it was scenic as well as informative. There were things for children to experience if needed. Good exhibits explaining the history of area shipbuilding. The optional tour of the tug boat was well worth the extra money. We had a great docent who answered questions accurately and willingly.... More 

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

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit both to the museum and aboard the tugboat John Purves. We have very passionate volunteers and it shows. Please visit again soon! More 

Washington, DC
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I found that I had an extra hour in town recently, so gave a try to this very conveniently located, remarkably complete museum. Very nicely laid out and, despite being small, quite a few accessible displays. The Smithsonian it ain't, although I found the history of shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay to be fascinating and the numerous ship models to be... More 

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

Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We are very proud of our museum...its fun to tell the tales of bold captains, brave seamen, stalwart lighthouse keepers, rugged fishermen and innovative shipbuilders. Glad you enjoyed your visit...hope you can stop to see us again when next you visit the Door Peninsula. More 

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