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Very Pleasant Experience

Wonderful small town museum...really depicts well the Sturgeon area. Docent most kind and... read more

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Door County Treasure

The generosity and cooperation to donate items that unfold the story of Door County citizens is... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

The generosity and cooperation to donate items that unfold the story of Door County citizens is admirable. This little museum is more than something to amuse yourself on a rainy day. It is one of those small gems that surprises and delights.

Why is the badger on a branch next to the porcupine in the Mike Orthober natural history wildlife diorama? What is that cunning fox contemplating? What was the Peshtigo Fire, and why has it largely been forgotten? Why should a schoolteacher put away a portion of their pay? Name an industry whether it be telephone, postal, laundry, funeral or banking; and this museum depicts its Door County story. My favorite is the dressmaking shop with the wedding dresses and hat displays.

Make sure you combine your visit with the Saturday Farmers Market at Market Square nearby from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Something for everyone. The short videos of the history of the area and the residents were interesting.

Lots of fun memorabilia. Be sure to check out all floors.

Not all exhibits apply only to Door County - many are examples of times past.(clothing, tools, etc.)

Good place to go if weather is bad.

A quick visit or more in-depth if you like to take it all in. Can easily spend a couple of hours there.

Genealogists with ties to the area will want to check out their old photos and records.

Thank hikerpatty
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Reviewed July 28, 2018

We were in the area looking for something low cost to do one day. This museum operates on the suggested donation of $5 per adult. You will get you five dollars and then some.

It has lots of interactive exhibits including a historical fire engine, piano, jail cell (my son enjoyed it until I locked him in and walked away), as well as an old fashioned phone booth the kids all seemed to love as it has a line waiting to give it a try.

The staff member on duty was friendly willing to explain things, and even gave us demos of things that you would not get to see without him taking the time to show you.

My only complaint is the with the cost being low it did seem to have a lot of disrespectful people that treated the place more like a zoo. They just let their kids run and terrorize the place. Actually even being rude at times to those that wanted to enjoy the treasures found at this location. Not really the fault of the musuem as they don't want to turn anyone away but at some point they may need to ask people to leave that are being disresptful and not following the rules.

Overall it was a good example of what a small town museum can and should be. Very well done.

2  Thank Jason S
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Reviewed July 4, 2018

I can't believe how many times I passed this by without stopping! What's really awesome is that admission is free - but I think we can all afford to throw in a few bucks to help keep this place going! They have so many things to check out and if you're local, or go through Sturgeon Bay often, it is definitely a place that you can visit multiple times and always find something new and interesting. I would highly recommend a stop here for anybody at any age.

2  Thank Trina R
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

This little museum is a real surprise gem. As you walk in there is a diorama with "live birds" (taxonomy) in their natural setting done by a world famous taxonomist. So many exhibits of old time Sturgeon Bay. Keeps the interest of children and adults.

Thank 61aah
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