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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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Interactive and Informational

This is a fun museum for ship lovers. They have educational videos, interactive displays, and a tug boat on site you can tour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fun museum for ship lovers. They have educational videos, interactive displays, and a tug boat on site you can tour.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the tour of the tugboat. My wife found her second childhood playing a computerized game of piloting a ship. My wife found an art print of an abandoned farm which she arranged to purchase after the art exhibition ends.

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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 and our newest exhibit addition - piloting the Elba ship through the bridges of Sturgeon Bay. We believe once you have experienced all there is in the museum that you may have a deeper appreciation of Door County. More 

Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a decent stop to kill a few hours, but not extensive by any means. Typical tourist trap with some history of the area. The highlight of the tour was the tug boat simulator that let you pilot a tug through a few bridges. I realized how amazing it really was after touring the real Tugboat. You can walk... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The tug boat tours are truly a unique experience. All the tour guides are volunteers that have an immense passion for the museum and our maritime history. More 

Oakdale, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum covers the long history of the boat building/construction industry in the area, much of which is still there. If you like boat/ships it is a must see.

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

Thank you for your great review. We are passionate about our local history and want to share with the world what most people don't know about Door County and Sturgeon Bay's maritime contributions to the world and war time efforts. More 

Okoboji, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a wonderful facility - with carefully presented displays. Sturgeon Bay has a lot of maritime history due to it's war time and current ship building - along with the normal Great Lakes activities. The museum presents this history well. Learned several interesting things - history even locals weren't aware of. A good place to start your Door County visit.

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

Thank you for your kind review. We are passionate about finding ways to getting our history more into the local schools in the area. We should encourage kids at a young age to relish their own history. More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For over 30 years we have said we would go to the Dorr County Maritime Museum on a rainy day. It finally rained and what a gem we found. Settled on the Sturgeon Bay waterfront, the museum offers four galleries with exhibits on boat building from Native American and French explorer days through the 19th and 20th centuries, World War... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. I also encourage you to take a tour of the tugboat John Purves on your next visit. We have a cadre of volunteers who have a huge passion for the tug and our maritime history. More 

Westmont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was traveling with adult family members who were a little reluctant to go to this museum but it turned out to be well worth the price of admission! Having the real artifacts --ship's wheel, periscope, etc. was a great way to really understand the conditions of working on the ships. The interactive video that shows bringing a boat down... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. We are thrilled that all had such a great experience at the museum. We have so many stories to tell and have a heart and the passion to do the best we can. We believe you then understand your visit to the county on a much deeper level. More 

Tewksbury, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed this interesting museum. Friendly staff. Easy to maneuver. Handicap accessible. Interactive displays. Lots of local history. The dog display was cute. We also paid extra for the tug boat tour of the John Purves. Our guide was very informative and had a personal history with this tug boat. We are glad we added it to our tour but... More 

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

Thank you for your review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. You saw how steep stairs are in a real working tug boat. Can you imagine working on a tug with storms and rough seas? It is not an easy job being away from families weeks at a time. We are glad to be able to continue... More 

New Lenox, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like History you will love this place.A lot of interactive displays and things to do and see. Definitely worth visiting.

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

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are adding new exhibits to the museum all the time. You might also find it interesting to join us for the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival on Aug 12 & 13. Three blocks of family fun! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is well designed. Informative without being overwhelming. Be sure to sign up for the tug boat guided tour. It's a real eye opener for those of us who have no idea what life on a working tug is like.

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

Thank you for the wonderful review. In December 1956, Roen Steamship Company of Sturgeon Bay purchased the John Purves and put her to work on all five Great Lakes taking on towing and salvage jobs. The Purves was well known throughout the Great Lakes for her strength and towing capabilities. In fact, due to her might, she made a good... More 

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