Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Welcome to a great place to learn, play and explore the rich maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum offers visitors a unique place to spend hours learning about the sailors, shipbuilders and submariners who made that history, and to have some great family fun! Founded in 1970 as the Manitowoc Submarine Memorial Association, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum has grown into one of the largest maritime museums in the Midwest. In addition to commemorating the maritime heritage of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area and the submarines built here during World War II, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is now a leader in preserving the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.
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ttraveling
USA116 contributions
The museum does a good job covering the history of shipbuilding in Manitowoc, with plenty of artifacts to see. But the highlight is touring the USS Cobia submarine - and if you're lucky, Shane will be your tour guide! The tour lasts about 45 minutes and was paced just right. You have to duck through some doorways but it's surprisingly not claustrophobic. Very interesting to learn what life was like on the sub and how detailed an operation it was.
Written September 6, 2021
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rrgeniusz
Cedarburg, WI263 contributions
Family
This museum has a huge collection of ship models and lake faring artifacts. The largest vessel in the museum is the Cobia Submarine. If you ope to tour it, you must know, that unlike the U-boat in Chicago, the passages have not been modified and you will need to manage 2 or 3 doorways with low headroom and high entrance lip. If you can manage this, the sub tour is well worth it. The museum has parking and is easy to get to find thanks to good signage.
Written February 7, 2020
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Kevin S
Saint Charles, MO402 contributions
I've been to 6 different submarine tours and this was the very best. Alex, the tour guide, gave us so many facts in such an animated story telling manner; it was as if he'd served on the USS Cobia. Great, great tour and tour guide.
Written August 5, 2020
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Amanda M
880 contributions
Family
We stopped in to see the place since we haven’t been in about 3-4 years.

Not much has changed except maybe the admission price. It’s $15 per adult (above age 12) which is a bit steep for an hours worth of looking around.

The submarine tour is included in the price but our boys didn’t feel like doing it when the time came. We’ve done it in the past and it’s nice to do once.

The gift shop has a nice selection of gift items and antique and collectibles related to the maritime history of the area.

There was a sign posted to use the provided wipes to wipe the handle of the steam engine but the HUGE wipes container was completely empty.

Written October 10, 2020
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DERtravels
Upland, CA1,436 contributions
Couples
Great maritime museum on the Great Lakes. It is suitable for the whole family as there is so much to see: why submarines were built in Manitowoc, what it took to build them, how the sailors lived onboard. Hands on learning. The docent led tour of the USS Cobia is well done. Imagining what life was like is clearer after walking the tight spaces yourself. Open almost everyday of the year, except Mondays and Tuesdays November through March.
Written May 26, 2020
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happylady1955
Florissant, MO24 contributions
My husband and I spent 3 hours at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. It was educational and interesting. We are train enthusiasts but also love other modes of travel. The staff was friendly and helpful. We gained new insights into the submarine's role in World War 2. We did not take the tour, however, because it was sold out. I recommend you arrange your tickets for the tour early in the day. After our visit, we sat at a nearby picnic table, chilled in the wonderful summer breeze. We were so excited to witness the "Lake Guardian" Environmental Protection Agency ship come sailing in. The crew waved to us and we waved back!
Written July 23, 2021
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Mikhail N
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A great museum to visit and within walking distance of downtown Manitowoc. Staff is friendly, polite, and helpful. The museum itself is well maintained and the submarine is a sight to behold. There is also a rooftop bar that offers great views of the city, harbor, and Lake Michigan.
Written June 20, 2021
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Jenny J
Nekoosa, WI119 contributions
Family
We had no idea how large this museum was when we took a trip here, but so happy we had the chance to check everything out. They had just reopened the submarine tour too, and that was so interesting, even for our 6 and 9 year olds. Don't rush through this place, take time to see everything because you won't regret the time you spend here.
Written April 3, 2021
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Albyfli
Bartlesville, OK471 contributions
Family
Have not been to this museum in many years, stopped by and was really impressed with the upgrades and additions that they have installed and completed. The main attraction is the sub, still in the water so don’t touch anything! Well preserved and looking like it is ready for patrol. The main building is now even better with additional displays and more rooms. I wish we had gotten there earlier as it was not enough time to see it all in detail. Very nice store in the Museum sadly they were out of a lot of merchandise as it was the end of the year. I will return and this time sooner rather than later. Very well run ship! Thanks again!
Written January 8, 2020
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SunzOut
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Museum is neat, clean, friendly and offers exceptionally nice displays . USS Cobia submarine Tour is VERY enjoyable and informative. Our guide on Sat July 17, 21 was energetic, informative and passionate about the vessel.
Written July 21, 2021
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