To provide greater access to museum exhibits and programs to ALL Door County residents, Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Door County Library. DCMM family membership cards are now available for checkout for anyone with a library card at all branches of the Door County Library system.

The passes allow families (two adults plus children under 17) to visit the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock, and the Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor. They are ready for checkout starting July 1 at all eight Door County libraries, called “Door Access Pass.” The passes are checked out like other library items and are good for five days, and then left at the museum site. No holds will be allowed on the passes.

There are eight Door County Library branches: Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Forestville, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island. The library in Sturgeon Bay also houses the Miller Art Museum. Each branch of the library has copies of the new DCMM magazine The Beacon available in their magazine section. The museum also donated eight copies of the Journal of Cana Island Lightstation to the Door County libraries.

This new initiative combines with several other DCMM programs designed to increase accessibility to the exhibits and collections of the Museum for visitors and local residents. DCMM joins a large coalition of museums nationwide making a broad commitment to seek, include and welcome all audiences.

Last year, DCMM staff completed an accessibility training program with Abbie Diaz, Director of Education & Public Programs from the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, who is a member of the Accessibility and Disability Advisory Council and a certified ADA Coordinator. Recognizing that nearly 1 in 5 Americans has a disability, the training program emphasized ways in which museums can break down barriers to access in exhibits, programs and policies.

The Museum is also a partner in two national accessibility programs – Museums for All and Blue Star Museums.

Museums for All, an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 400 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. For Museums for All, DCMM provides a discounted admission of $2 per person for up to four people to the Sturgeon Bay and Gills Rock museum locations.

DCMM has also expanded our policy to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. DCMM provides free admission for those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard – and up to five family members.

This admission policy is available year-round, especially honoring the service of the three local US Coast Guard stations in Door County. The City of Sturgeon Bay is one of 28 cities that have been designated by Congress as Coast Guard Cities, and the only one in the state of Wisconsin.

During the summer months, the DCMM military personnel policy is part of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states that offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day (May 15) through Labor Day.