Events & Activities

Each year, the Door County Maritime Museum hosts more than 30 different events, speakers, classes and presentations that bring the rich history of Wisconsin's Door County peninsula to life.

During the summer, take in the spectacular Lighthouse Festival and a family friendly Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. During the winter, the museum offers a wooden boat building class and hosts a monthly speakers series on intriguing, past and present, maritime subjects. 

Please browse our complete list of events.

Upcoming Events

Ships Arriving/Departing Winter Lay-Up

January 08, 2015 to April 15, 2015

Find more information about ships on the Great Lakes at the boat nerd website  For exact arrival times we recommend checking the Automatic Identification System (AIS)...

Sturgeon Bay Museum Hours Change to 10 am-5 pm Daily

April 01, 2015

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI Hours Open year 'round, 7 days a week January-March:  10 am-4 pmApril-June:  10 am-5 pmJuly-Labor Day:  9 am-5 pmDay after Labor...

Maritime Speaker Series - Rick O'Farrell

April 02, 2015

The new Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Rick O'Farrell will share some of his personal history in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier and nuclear submarine.

Great Lakes/Great Books Club

April 02, 2015

The Door County Maritime Museum and Write On Door County partner to present a monthly book club featuring books that have a Great Lakes focus. Works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry...

Museum CLOSED for Easter

April 05, 2015

"Members Only" Preview of Cana Island Restoration Project

April 24, 2015

With the Sturgeon Bay Museum and seasonal access to the Gills Rock facility and Cana Island Lighthouse, membership is a great value. Join us on Friday, April 24 for a "Members Only" preview...

Tug "John Purves" Opens May 1st, 10 am-3:30 pm Daily

May 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014

Sturgeon Bay Rotary Shipyard Tours

May 02, 2015

This is a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of the area’s largest and best-known shipyards. Tour Bay Shipbuilding, Palmer Johnson Yachts and Great Lakes Yacht Services, which are open to the...

Gills Rock Cleanup Day

May 05, 2015

Join us at the Gills Rock Maritime Museum (9 am - 3 pm) as we rake and dust and clean up the museum and grounds in preparation for the summer's visitors.  Many hands make light...

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