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Great Rainy Day Activity

We were stuck with a rainy day in Door County and very much appreciated this little gem of a... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2019
Southlake, Texas
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My grandfather was a sailor and I love water! This museum gives you wonderful stories of the... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2019
Chicago, IL
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The small fishing village of Gills Rock Wisconsin is a hidden gem located at the very tip of the Door County peninsula on the shores of Porte des Mortes (Death’s Door). The Death’s Door Maritime Museum traces the area’s commercial fishing tradition...more
Suggested Duration:2-3 hours
12724 W Wisconsin Bay Rd, Ellison Bay, WI 54210-9796
+1 920-743-5958
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Reviewed October 24, 2019

This is a great place to go on a rainy day. The gentleman at the door is very friendly and quite informative. It's worth your time on a bad weather day.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 18, 2019

We were stuck with a rainy day in Door County and very much appreciated this little gem of a museum. We took our time and stayed two hours. There is a lot to learn here about former days of fishing and the types of ships...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 869diannea
Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

My grandfather was a sailor and I love water! This museum gives you wonderful stories of the seaman, boats, shipwrecks in the area. There's a wooden boat to explore, videos, lots of motors and engines. Museum is thoughtfully laid out with engaging stories and exhibits....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank J207LZheatherd
Reviewed August 14, 2019 via mobile

We decided to visit this museum on our last day. We were not disappointed! It’s small but loaded with great information and stories about the area. Very interesting. Our boys are 14, 11, 7 and really enjoyed it. There is a real fishing boat to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank DLH121
Reviewed August 9, 2019

Wonderful, small museum with historical exhibits relating to Great Lakes fishing. There is a audio recording of the Coast Guard speaking with a ship that was tracking the Edmund Fitzgerald on the day it sank. Video exhibits depicting whitefish fishing. $5 entrance fee. An informative...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank GiseppeGord
Reviewed July 22, 2019

Visited here at the end of the day when we were in the Ellison Bay area. There were some nice displays and interactive exhibits. Spent about 45 minutes here. That seemed like just about enough time to see everything..

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Steffi H
Reviewed July 2, 2019

Very interesting museum. Some interesting history and items from Edmund Fitzgerald and actual radio conversation with the Cast and Coast Guard before it went down. We spent about an hour and half in here.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 24, 2019

Great source for local history, but could use more exhibits. Excellent place for the mechanic lover, based on the large display of boat motors

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank K8383
Reviewed October 17, 2018

We recently visited this Deaths Door Maritime Museum. Being new to Doors County, we were looking for places to go and museums available. We lucked out because we went on the last weekend before it closed for the season Oct 14, 2018. This museum is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank NomadicPixie
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Exploring on our last day in Door County and we found this museum. Sooooo glad we did. The exterior is very unassuming, but inviting. You walk into a most interesting exhibit, including an old commercial fishing boat that you can climb into and walk around...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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