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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, Museums
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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.

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Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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146 helpful votes 146 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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Colleyville, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 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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Downers Grove, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Stewartville, Minnesota
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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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Greenwood In
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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
23 helpful votes 23 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

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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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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

West Columbia, South Carolina
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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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Bob D, General Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Ahoy! Thanks for the great review...thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope you can make a return visit to take in all the exhibit on the second floor...lots more to see! More

Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States
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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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Bob D, General Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum! I can't tell from your review what specifically caused your disappointment with your tour of the historic tugboat, John Purves. Our docent guided tours of our big ol' tugboat are usually a highlight for visitors. Drop us a line with specifics and we'll do our best to improve. More

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