Door County Maritime Museum - Wisconsin Maritime Museum


Donation and Membership Options at the Door County Maritime MuseumYour gift to the Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society provides educational and outreach experiences for over 60,000 visitors each year.

The donation process is easy. Simply select the fund you want to support and designate the amount of your gift.

Annual Fund

Your tax deductible donations ensure that our maritime museum will remain “first rate” as it continues to preserve and celebrate the extraordinary maritime heritage of Door County.

Anchor Appeal
Anchor Appeal Details
As the name implies, the museum’s annual “Anchor Appeal” is one of the principle fundraising campaigns and is primarily used to help cover the expenses needed to maintain a facility of the highest quality. These funds assist with the sometimes less publicized but essential workings that keep the doors of the museum open as well as help off-set the decline in admission revenue that takes place during the winter.
Donate to our Annual Fund
Sponsor A Day
Sponsor a Day Details
Gifts in any amount are appreciated. However, for a $250 donation, you may personally Sponsor A Day at the museum. “Sponsor A Day” is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or recognize a birthday, anniversary or a memory! As a sponsor, you will be recognized at all three museum locations, on our web site and in the museum newsletter. You will also receive a support decal for your car window or business entry.

Print & mail the PDF form to tell us the date and wording you would like. Sponsor A Day form

Estate Gifts Support the Museum – Just WILL it!

Leaving the Door County Maritime Museum a bequest in your will or estate plan represents an investment in its long term well-being. A bequest is a simple way to support the museum in the future while retaining control of your assets during your lifetime. Read More About Estate Gifts

Endowment Fund

Endowment Fund Details
Create a legacy! Gifts to the Endowment Fund provide ongoing support of the museum’s day-to-day operations.
Donate towards Endowment Fund

Commemorative Bricks

The Door County Maritime Museum’s “Walk of Fame” is a unique way to capture your connection to maritime history, honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion.  Bricks range in price from $150-$2,500.  Larger bricks may include an image.  For detailed information regarding the museum’s commemorative brick walkway, please call us at (920)743-5958.

Illuminating Our Heritage: Cana Island Lighthouse Restoration – Phase 1 Complete & Start of Phase 2

Since 1970 under lease from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society’s mission at Cana Island has been to maintain and upkeep the light station and adjacent grounds. The 1869 resources of the island and light station are irreplaceable; a truly unique setting and experience for visitors.

Donate towards Illuminating Our Heritage
Illuminating Our Heritage Details
As modernization of light systems developed, the U.S. Coast Guard no longer had reason to maintain lighthouse properties and began to transfer properties. In 2006, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred Cana Island to the Door County Parks Department who named the Door County Maritime Museum as operating and historic preservation partner. Currently, five buildings remain on the site:  the light tower, keeper’s residence, oil house, privy, and storage shed. An isolated setting such as Cana Island with a grouping of intact structures offers a rare glimpse into the past.

In 2009, the Museum, Door County Parks Department, and the Historic Structures Report project team identified basic flaws in the current buildings that hinder access by the public, limit interpretation, and cause general degrading of the building fabric over time that will, if left unaddressed, result in the loss of historic integrity.

Phase 2 – Our work is not done!

2016 – Restoration of the out buildings on the property to include:  Oil house, Privy and Barn (cost of $220,000)

Phase 3

2017 – Welcome center to be built to include a gift shop, admissions office and an interpretive area (cost of $250,000)

Phase 4

2018 – Restoration to the interior of the keeper’s house (cost of $800,000)
2019 – Celebrate Cana Island Light Station’s 150 years of service
Help maintain and restore this important historic landmark by getting involved today! Support Illuminate Our Heritage and help out lighthouse keep watch … for us, and for future generations.

Cana Island Restoration Brochure

Cana Island Restoration Brochure

Cana Island Restoration Brochure

Exhibit Development

Donate towards Exhibit Development
Exhibit Development Details
Exhibit development costs can range from $250 upwards to $100,000! Each exhibit must be planned a year or more in advance.

Artifact, Photograph, or Boat Donations

The museum continuously seeks Great Lakes artifacts, photographs, or boats for the museum’s growing collection.  Call us at 920-743-5958.