June 20, 2018

Death’s Door Maritime Museum Renaming and Statue Unveiling Ceremony on July 4

The Death’s Door Maritime Museum will be hosting festivities on July 4, 2018 to celebrate its new innovative name. There will also be a special bronze statue unveiling to honor Northern Door County’s fishing industry and traditions. The afternoon will include free admission to the museum from 2 – 5 pm.

Previously known as the Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock, the name change took place on January 1, 2018 and was updated to attract more visitors to the Death’s Door focused museum. Pieces of Death’s Door shipwrecks, the Plum Island Fresnel lens, Kahlenberg engines, circa 17th century dugout canoe and the fishing tug Hope. The Death’s Door Maritime Museum traces the area’s commercial fishing tradition. It boasts the wooden fishing tug Hope and a replica net shed complete with fishing boxes, net reel and other traditional fishing supplies. Visitors have the rare opportunity to explore, inside and out, the 45-foot wooden fishing boat. It was built in 1930 by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works and previously run by the well-known Stanley Voight fishing family.

The museum also features a shipwreck and scuba diving exhibit, artifacts brought up from the bottom of Lake Michigan and information on the area’s dangerous passage known as Death’s Door. Visitors can use a Lyle gun to rescue stranded mariners and browse an area devoted to marine engines – including those built at Kahlenberg Brothers of Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

The renaming and statue unveiling ceremony festivities begin at 2:00 PM, with free museum admission from 2:00 PM -5:00 PM.

The ceremony starts at 3:00 pm and will include a variety of speakers:

  • Amy Paul

Executive Director, Door County Maritime Museum

  • Mark Weborg

Board of Directors, Door County Maritime Museum

  • Joel Kitchens

Wisconsin State Representative

  • Mike Gallagher

Wisconsin State Congressman

  • Mary Ott Davidson

Statue Artist

After the unveiling ceremony, be sure to visit museum volunteers selling whitefish sandwiches at the Gills Rock 4th of July Fireworks Celebration.

The Death’s Door Maritime Museum, located at 12724 West Wisconsin Bay Road in Ellison Bay, is open daily from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM through October 14. For more information, visit or call (920) 743-5958.


MEDIA CONTACT:           Carrie Dorski

                                             Marketing & Events Coordinator

                                             Door County Maritime Museum