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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 must stop in Door County for anyone interested in ships and shipbuilding.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Columbus, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

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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Soddy Daisy, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

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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Annapolis, il
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

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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Storm Lake, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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

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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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I had read a review that was very negative about the museum, luckily I also read the response written by the director. I took my grandchildren, ages 2 years to 19, and their parents, on rainy morning. From the moment we entered the museum (10 kids and 7 adults) we felt welcomed and encouraged to explore freely. The little ones... 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 that you enjoyed your visit and hope you come again soon! More 

Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My husband and I did a day trip to Sturgeon Bay and had missed the last tour for the Fireboat. Next door is the Maritime Museum, so we opted to tour that. It had very good displays and we also did the optional tour of the Tug John Purves. We had Bob Purves as our docent, son of the namesake... 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 you enjoyed the museum and the tug. We had a cadre of volunteers spend many hours restoring this wonderful piece of history. We are also fortunate to have such a wonderful set of volunteers who are passionate about the tug who eagerly share life aboard a tug back in the day. More 

Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Not the greatest museum and a very small amount to see however the tug boat tour was great. Well worth the visit and if not for the tug boat would not be worth the stop.

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

We are pleased 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 not be complete with... More 

Philadelphia
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great rainy day activity!! What a fun little museum! The kids loved it and so did I. Combined it with a boat ride on the historic fireboat that's docked outside.

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

Thanks so much for the great review...it's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit. When next you are in the area, stop by our smaller museum up at the tip of the Peninsula in Gills Rock where we have a new Death's Door exhibit and have introduced a new interactive technology called Augmented Reality. More 

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Address: 120 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone Number: +1 920-743-5958
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Door County  >  Sturgeon Bay
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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