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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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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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I never get tired of this place!!

We come to Door County at least four times a year and ALWAYS stop here! There are some fixed exhibits and some rotational ones but never boring. If you want to understand the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We come to Door County at least four times a year and ALWAYS stop here! There are some fixed exhibits and some rotational ones but never boring. If you want to understand the water-way past of Door County in general, and Sturgeon Bay specifically, stop here. Always love it -- every single time since 1997!

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

We are thrilled that you continue to enjoy your visits to the Door County Maritime Museum! We have several new exhibits planned for next year too and are eager to share them with you soon. More 

Marine City, Michigan
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A wonderful museum loaded with history and several ship models. They just acquired a Fresnel lens for the lighthouse enthusiasts.

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

Thank you for your review! We are excited about our new Fresnel lenses. The Green Bay lamp is on display now will be the light that completes our tower addition project. We also newly acquired the Plum Island Fresnel lens which will be displayed at the Gills Rock museum in May 2016. More 

Evansville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

The best part was the Tug Boat tour. That is a must on this museum trip. Very clean, and very nice staff.

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

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the historic tugboat John Purves...it is truly a unique experience. Thanks much for the great review! More 

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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119 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

DC Maritime Museum is a great place to visit to get a quick or in-depth, perspective on Sturgeon Bay's and Door County's place in U. S. maritime history. We chose to visit their exhibit on Nov. 10th, the Edmund Fitzgerald 40th anniversary (sinking with all 29 hands on board). The radio transmission between the Arthur Anderson, the last ship to... 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! Due to popular demand, the Edmund Fitzgerald exhibit will be open on weekends from now until December 13 and then will be open daily until April 17. We continue to add new pieces to the exhibit so stop by again to see the additions. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

This was our first visit to the museum and it was wonderful. It is a great place to go and the exhibits were superb!

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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 work at adding things regularly to keep our content updated and relevant as well as adding different interactive elements for all ages to enjoy. More 

Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This is a good vacation one-stop for couples or family to see some tugboats and learn about how life was during the times when the Sturgeon Bay Canal was before the dredging to Lake Michigan and to current day operations...visit the Door County Historical Museum just across the channel for more history and info.

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

Thank you for your review! We have changing temporary exhibits that rotate every 6 months or so. Please stop by again to see our Edmund Fitzgerald exhibit and its ties to Sturgeon Bay as well as our Merry-Time Festival of Trees event (Nov 14 - Dec 8) that has the museum decked out for the holidays! More 

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Reasonably priced attraction offering a great layout with local history. It's alot to take in, but well worth it.

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

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Please stop back by when next your travels bring you to the Door Peninsula. More 

Houston, Texas
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Very interesting museum. The special exhibit was working sea dogs over the years with interactive exhibits for kids. The model ships were very impressive. Good value for entrance fee.

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

Thank you for your review! We are very proud of our museum. We have a new mini-exhibit commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Another must see! More 

Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Great exhibits. The vintage boats and motors are great for all boat enthusiasts. The models are awesome to look at. Get a peek through an actual periscope. All in all excellent place to visit.

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

We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit! If you get the chance to visit again, a tour of the John Purves tugboat is a must. The tour guides have a great deal of info and stories to share! More 

Milwaukee
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62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

You would not guess that this city played such an important role in this industry over the past 100+ years. But after a few hours of touring this museum, you will have an appreciation of just how busy this other "city by the bay" has been in building boats and ships of all sizes. Well done displays and beautifully crafted... More 

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

Thank you for your review. You are correct that most of the world does not know the extent to which Sturgeon Bay has been instrumental not only in war time but in crafting the marine equipment and boating technology that exists yet today. That is one our missions as a museum, for visitors to gain a better understanding and appreciation... More 

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