If you are planning a group tour to Door County, we encourage you to include the Maritime Museum in your plans. The Museum is happy to work with group tours of 15 or more visitors. We have a variety of quality tours available. We’re also able to accommodate family reunions and other large groups. For more details, contact our group tour coordinator Melinda Johnson at 920-743-5958 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Door County Maritime Museum
Enjoy a 90-minute docent-guided tour through our 20,000-square foot Museum. We are conveniently located in the heart of historic Sturgeon Bay, and provide ample free parking. Explore the rich maritime history.
Four beautiful galleries:
- Baumgartner Gallery – scale models, shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, “Sentinels of the Shore” lighthouse exhibit
- The Peterson Gallery – a chronological history of Door County shipbuilding going back to the 1800s
- The Horton Gallery – new exhibits come every couple years (currently Shipwrecks of Door County)
- John Asher Gallery – antique outboard motors, exhibit on the raising of the George M. Humphrey and more
Cost: $8.00 per person (museum only)
Tug John Purves
Add the historic, restored tugboat John Purves to your Sturgeon Bay tour package. See the winch room. Explore the entire 149-foot tug, from engine room to crew cabins, galley and wheelhouse, and get a feel for the daily life of her hard-working 13-man crew. At the end of the tour, one person will be selected to sound the tug whistle!
Authentic and glorious in her details, this vintage 1919 tug has been lovingly refinished and restored through a five-year, all-volunteer project. Many of those same volunteers serve as docents on the guided tours of the vessel. Located adjacent to the museum on the Sturgeon Bay waterfront. Please allow at least two hours for the combination museum-tug tour.
Cost: $12.00 per person (museum and tug)
Cana Island Lighthouse
Thanks to painters and photographers, the Cana Island Lighthouse is one of Door County’s most recognizable landmarks. Built in 1869, the lighthouse remains an active navigational aid. Listen to the sound of the waves. Hear the call of the seagulls. Climb the steps of this 150-year-old lighthouse. Experience unrivaled splendor and the thrill of the view. The keepers’ house, the oil house, and the tower are open to the public seven days a week from May through October. Parking restrictions apply. No handicap accessibility; access via haywagon across a stone causeway. Docent overview available. Call for more details.
Cost: $12 (included climb to the top)
Death’s Door Maritime Museum
Located in Gills Rock at the tip of the Door Peninsula, the Death’s Door Maritime Museum opened in 1975. Recently remodeled, the Gills Rock facility features exhibits on shipwrecks, lifesaving techniques and equipment, antique outboard motors, ice fishing, navigation and Great Lakes piracy. Enjoy the smallest details of our many ship models and our largest exhibit – the fishing tug Hope. The Hope was built in 1930 by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works; she is now housed inside our Museum walls.
Cost: $5 per person
The Maritime Museum welcomes school groups. Contact the Museum for details.
Method of Payment
Payment is due upon arrival. Please make checks payable to the “DCMM.” Visa, MasterCard, and cash are also accepted.
Reservations are required. For more details, contact our group tour coordinator Melinda Johnson at 920-743-5958 or email@example.com