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Door County Maritime Museum

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Shipwrecks and Tug boats.

Toured the museum and historic tug boat John Purvis. The tug boat tour guide, Paul, was very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
twhitenack72
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Wabash, Indiana
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So worthwhile!

We really enjoyed this museum...very tastefully done with varying rooms and themes. Ship models... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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...more
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120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Toured the museum and historic tug boat John Purvis. The tug boat tour guide, Paul, was very knowledgable. The galleries in the museum had a lot of interesting infotmation on the history of boat building and Door County shipwrecks. Great activity for a rainy day.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed this museum...very tastefully done with varying rooms and themes. Ship models particularly interesting!

Thank AaronFWA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Door County and are not into shopping. The museum was wonderful, there is so much history and the exhibits are great. They even have interactive features which were nice. They also have a smaller museum at Gills Rock well worth the wonderful drive...More

Thank B54Win
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. The museum collectively is 50 years old next year, Cana Island Lighthouse is 150 years old and our tug John Purves is 100 years old. Help us celebrate our maritime history next year with even more new exhibits and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is really well done and does a good job of illustrating and explaining the development and history of the area. Highlight of the visit though was the tugboat tour conducted by the son of the man the tugboat was named after. Definitely worth...More

Thank TimGinMN
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. Our tug docents (tour guides) are amazing! They are all volunteers and give of their time to share their knowledge and experience of life on the Great Lakes with visitors. They are open May through October granted that there...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thought it was a very nice place. Full of history and information. The tugboat tour was the highlight. The tour guide for the tugboat (Denny) was great. He was very informative and pleasant. He let us look around and didn’t hurry us through. It...More

Thank Leighjr
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. The tugboat is run by volunteers who love the boat and the history associated with life working on the Great Lakes. We do have wonderful volunteers and always looking for more.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok, I'm an old man at heart with young kids. I more or less forced my family to come along expecting the worst, but it worked out great! The many, many ship models kept both me and the kids entertained, and in the shipwreck room...More

Thank EDLichtenstein
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are increasingly adding more interactive and family friendly activities to our exhibits. We are in the process of fundraising for a 10 floor lighthouse tower that will be built onto the museum and will be even more interactive and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here because we were looking for a self directed day time activity. Loved every second. The place is clean and well kept with interesting exhibits from classic models and dioramas to more modern technological exhibits. We were even able to steer a virtual boat!...More

Thank macdonzc
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We also have our Fall Lighthouse Festival coming up on Columbus Day Weekend. It is a great way to celebrate our Door County Lighthouses. Visitors can visit all 11 lighthouses during our June Lighthouse Festival. Please see our website for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being a history nerd, party of our trip to Door County had to be about ships/shipwrecks. Seeing as we stayed in Sturgeon Bay this one was nice, and close so we could visit on our way out. I was very impressed with the exhibits, and...More

Thank Jon G
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are very proud and excited about our new Shipwreck exhibit. It takes visitors on a virtual tour of becoming a shipwreck and then what it is like to be an underwater archaeologist finding shipwrecks. We also have a play...More

Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Great location and parking is ample. The museum is very nice and well maintained. We visited with my 10yr old granddaughter and she really liked it. She even liked the tugboat tour...I was afraid she would get bored, but she said she loved it. The...More

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Thank you for your review! The tug is loved by all and the volunteer tug tour guides are incredible. They put a lot of time into restoring this vessel that will be 100 years old next year. You wouldn't know it by looking at it!

Reviewed August 11, 2018

It was interesting to see some history and artifacts. But tickets there to tour the tug boat right outside on the water.

Thank Lori S
Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Door County Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Thank you for your review. Tug tickets can be purchased with normal museum admission. This incredible ship is 100 years old next year. Tours are led by a wonderful volunteer crew, many of whom have spent their life in maritime pursuits.

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