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 – exhibits highlight Great Lakes commercial shipping; virtually pilot the freighter Elba through the Sturgeon Bay shipping canal for winter layup at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
- John Asher Gallery – antique outboard motors, exhibit on the raising of the George M. Humphrey and more
- Plus the new Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower – see Door County like never before!
Cost: $10 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. Tours are offered daily May-October, at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm.
Cost: $14 per person (museum and tug)
Cana Island Lighthouse
Explore Door County’s most iconic lighthouse, which in 2019 celebrated 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan. Ride a hay-wagon over the causeway to explore the island, including the 89-foot-tall light tower, oil storage house and lighthouse keeper’s home. The highlight of any Cana Island visit is climbing the 97 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase to reach the gallery deck, which delivers a sweeping panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula. Open daily 10am-5pm, May-October.
Cost: $12 (included climb to the top)
Death’s Door Maritime Museum
The Death’s Door Maritime Museum celebrates the area’s commercial fishing tradition. Located in the village of Gills Rock at the tip of the Door County peninsula on the shores of Porte des Mortes (Death’s Door), the museum features a shipwreck and scuba diving exhibit, including artifacts brought up from the bottom of Lake Michigan. The Gills Rock museum also features exhibits on lifesaving techniques and equipment, antique outboard motors, ice fishing, navigation and Great Lakes piracy. It also boasts the wooden fishing tug Hope. The Hope was built in 1930 by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works; she is now housed inside our Museum walls. Visitors will also see the bronze sculpture unveiled in 2018, a tribute to commercial fishing in Northern Door. Open daily 10am-5pm, May-October.
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