Bayfield Maritime Museum

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Bayfield Maritime Museum
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Open 10am to 4pm Seasonally; Weekends in June, Daily July Through Labor Day, Weekends in September Sharing stories and artifacts about Lake Superior commercial fishing, lighthouses, boats, ships, and the innovative people of Bayfield who made their living on this great inland sea. We operate strictly with volunteers and your support. After you've explored Bayfield's maritime stories, please consider donating what you can to keep these traditions alive. We operate strictly with volunteers and your support. After you've explored Bayfield's maritime stories, please consider donating what you can to keep these traditions alive.
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wecanoe
Wausau, WI230 contributions
Couples
This free museum is worth the visit when walking around Bayfield. It had many interesting displays and lots to read if you want to take the time. There was an attendant on duty that seemed eager to answer questions and talk to the visitors. Even if you’re not into museums, stop in for a short while to see all they have on display.
Written July 19, 2022
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Tim K
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Bayfield has a volunteer museum that has a collection of Lake Superior maritime artifacts and informative placards. There is a section on boat building in the area, freight boats, sinkings, light houses and a nice display on fishing. A couple of boats or parts are available for poking in your head. The guys working there gave nice insights and amazingly need to completely fold up the displays each fall and setup again in the spring while the building is used for winter boat storage. The labeling is only modestly good, but asking questions can help.
Written September 20, 2021
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Edward G
Washburn, WI36 contributions
This museum is completely run by volunteers. If no one signs up, it is not open. They recently added a treasure hunt sheet for kids where the kid finds items that match the pictures and get a sticker. Be sure to turn the crank on the fog horn. Well worth a visit and they appreciate donations to pay the rent.
Written August 19, 2021
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Lanita H
Madison, WI41 contributions
Couples
Free maritime museum by the shore. Interesting to learn about the fishing techniques on Lake Superior. Good mix of different types of boats, how they are made, lighthouse history and some shipwreck history. For a free museum run by volunteers, it is very well done.
Written September 7, 2021
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Michael H
Elk River, MN702 contributions
Couples
This is well worth the visit to see alot of history of Bayfield and its relationship to Lake Superior. Fishing and shipping displays with knowledgeable volunteers. Free admission with donations appreciated. We loved the lighthouse displays.
Written July 25, 2021
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zombienic
Minnesota1,225 contributions
Couples
Located all in one building, in one room. A nice stop for anyone interested in shipping, boating, fish trapping, or even just to see the creepy sea lampreys! There is a lot to read if you enjoy that kind of thing. The employee was friendly and was there to answer any questions.
Written June 17, 2022
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Reed S
343 contributions
This local museum shows the maritime heritage of the community on the shores of Lake Superior. It is staffed by helpful volunteers, that like to engage all the visitors. It is free, however you can donate. There are local built boats and stories of their experiences. Children will enjoys this museum
Written September 5, 2019
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Mikethedog
Wisconsin53 contributions
The history of fishing and the boats that worked the waters of Lake Superior is told with photos and antiques you can get up close and personal with. Walk around the nets, the boats, the fishing floats and imagine working the lake 100 years ago. Very little is behind glass. The volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable- you can ask them just about anything nautical.
Written September 19, 2016
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Carol B
10 contributions
Friends
Though the town of Bayfield has only about 500 year-round residents, it has a wonderful maritime museum showcasing its past commercial fishing enterprise. It is packed with lots of interesting maritime artifacts, including boats, from Bayfield's past. The displays are well done in an easily followed timeline documenting the maritime history in the area.

The museum is free. There was no pressure to make a donation, but donations were gratefully accepted. With a donation, no matter how small, one gets to ring the bell by the door.
Written July 6, 2015
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dimondan
Dimondale, MI12 contributions
Friends
This is a great maritime museum that has well done videos and real boats and pieces of ship wreck from the area. There are even skiffs being built onsite by real boat builders. Great place - Donation only. Did I mention the full ship pilot house as well. Love it.
Written September 4, 2019
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