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Door County Maritime Museum

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Address: 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
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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Tug Boat tour

Defiantly a must! We thought the museum was ok they did have a fun sea dog display. However we loved the tug boat tour!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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Twin Lake, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband worked on the Purves in the mid 1990's and when he found out it had been restored he was beyond excited to tour and show me around. We traveled from Western Michigan and planned our long weekend around it. Imagine our disappointment upon arriving at 1:50 pm on a Friday afternoon to find out there were no more... More 

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Defiantly a must! We thought the museum was ok they did have a fun sea dog display. However we loved the tug boat tour!

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As we were wrapping up our trip to Door County we just weren't ready to trudge back home 3 1/2 hours away. I asked a local about this museum and she highly recommended it...so we went. We were pleasantly surprised at how well curated it is Neither my wife nor I are huge maritime fanatics by any stretch. But we... 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. We are pleased you enjoyed a new adventure and experience in the heart of Door County. Yes our tugboat tours are also highly sought out. We have several tour guides who give your a look into what it would be like to work and sail on a tug boat. Many, many loving hours were... More 

Jenison, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interest with a lot of artifacts. Small place with lots of history. worth the stop. A small 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 thrilled you were able to stop and see our exhibits; boat building in Door County, Door County Lighthouses, ship models, interactive Sea Dogs games and children's play area, and so much more! More 

Torremolinos, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here one morning when the weather wasn't that good. We went through both levels of the museum and it was very informative. We enjoyed the old film on how to make a birch bark canoe. We signed up for the fire boat tour. The guide was very good and he explained the history and workings of the boat-enjoyed... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Door County Maritime Museum. Our tug guides take great pride in the John Purves and love to tell stories on what life would have been like aboard her. One of our guides even spent almost 30 years on the tug. More 

Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had time before our ride on the big red fireboat so decided to visit the maritime museum. Very glad we did. Very informative. We enjoyed every minute.

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

Thank you for your review. We would love to see you back to join us for this winter's Merry-Time Festival of Trees event where you can win one of 40 Christmas trees, all loaded with gifts and ornaments to make your holiday a very special one. More 

Arcadia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this museum. There were some activities for kids that made it fun. One thing that would have helped is if the videos that were playing were sub-titled. The narration is so soft you can hardly hear it. There was a volunteer giving tours with a loud voice and we just had to give up on the videos.

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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 always updating the exhibits and thank you for your suggestions! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the price of admission. I'd recommend this for anyone on vacation in the area who loves history.

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

Thank you for your kind review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit and would agree that this is a great attraction for all ages and even those who might not have loved studying history in school. We make learning fun with several interactive games that children of all ages love! More 

Golden Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family enjoyed the history. The Sea Dogs display was very fun for my kids and really engaged them in the history. Lots of models and artifacts.

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

Thank you for your review. Our Sea Dogs exhibit was really geared toward families and little ones. Of course, who doesn't love man's best friend! See how these Sea Dogs took place in all walks of maritime life. More 

Sioux City, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The displays are set up nicely, but I just didn't find it very interesting. I did learn a little about shipping in the area, yet there wasn't a lot of variety. There are many models of ships, a variety of boat motors, and a lot of plaques/iinformation to read about the history of shipping. The periscope which gives a view... More 

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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 many new exhibits coming in the next several years. Many also enjoy our in-water exhibit by touring the tugboat John Purves. It truly is a unique experience as tour guides tell you the stories of "life on a tug boat". More 

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