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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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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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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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Woodbury, Minnesota
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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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

Vancouver
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This maritime museum is all what you would expect with an added bonus of a fun section about pirates. Children and adults enjoy the opportunity to ring the bell, steer the ship, and even try on pirate costumes. A great time!

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

Ahoy! Thanks for the wonderful review...great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Our feature exhibit, "Pirates -- Ship to Shore" is indeed fun and educational for all ages. We'll be transitioning to a new feature exhibit this winter...watch our website for future details! Thanks again...hope to see you again in the not too distant future! More

Stanley, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My husband likes everything that has to do with history. He enjoyed our visit to the Maritime Museum and tour of the John Purves tug!!

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

We are thrilled to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your visit. Please stop back by when next your travels bring you to the Door Peninsula. Thanks much for the great review! More

Clarkston, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had a few hours to kill, so we decided to visit. Museum was very interesting and highly recommend the tub boat tour. Guide was excellent, informative and funny. Glad we did it and recommend to anyone in the area.

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

Ahoy! 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

Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The museum gives you a detailed, interactive and visual tour of ships, shipwrecks and life on the water in and around Door County. Enjoy the authentic periscope to get a panoramic view of the city. Pirates are the theme of the current temporary exhibit. Put yourself on a pirate ship, in a pirate town and dress up like a pirate.

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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! Our working periscope is one of my favorite artifacts. I use it often to check out happenings on Sturgeon Bays working waterfront. Thanks for the wonderful review...hope to see you again soon! More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Our boys are 10 and 2 and both found lots of interesting items. Was surprised how much there was to see and do. The periscope is really neat. A must do if you are in the area.

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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. Hope you can come back as see us in the not too distant future... More

Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Door County Maritime Museum is... exactly what it claims to be-- a small county museum that highlights the region's historical relationship with Lake Michigan and Green Bay. There are about 4 galleries, focusing on history, personal tales, ship models, and a few full-scale boats. One section also features a rotating exhibit. When we visited, the topic was pirates. It... More

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

Ahoy! Thanks for the 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

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