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Located along Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin’s busy working waterfront, the Door County Maritime Museum showcases the area’s rich maritime history. Hard-working fishermen, brave ship captains, skilled craftsmen, bold inventors and lonely lighthouse keepers are just some of the personalities you’ll discover showcased in the galleries of DCMM.

Explore and experience how these maritime pioneers worked and what they made, and you’ll understand and appreciate your visit to Door County on a more engaged level.

In December 1956, Roen Steamship Company of Sturgeon Bay purchased the Tugboat 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 living after the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, rescuing many a saltwater vessel that ran aground in the tricky channels of the Great Lakes.


Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. preserves Great Lakes maritime history, primarily focusing on Door County, Wisconsin, and provides interpretive and educational opportunities for current and future generations.

It is the vision of the Door County Maritime Museum to provide and perpetuate the best maritime museum experiences on the Great Lakes.

COVID-19 Statement

The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and we will adjust our action plan and policies as needed when the situation changes.

Our priority is to keep our employees and guests safe.

Keeping in mind that the COVID-19 situation is very dynamic, we are prepared to adapt to any changing circumstances as needed. DCMM will follow, and update guidelines based on existing and future Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, as well as local input including the Partnership for Infection Prevention measures as outlined.

We ask that our Museum team and our guests take their own health and the health of others seriously.

Our reopening plan is available here..