Maritime Lighthouse Tower

The Door County Maritime Museum is Making History

Rising on Door County’s Sturgeon Bay waterfront, the newly constructed Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower stands as a one-of-a-kind landmark that will leave a legacy of maritime history that will also educate and entertain generations to come.

The views from inside the Tower’s 10th floor and from the rooftop Baumgartner observation deck offer an unparalleled panorama spanning the entire historic working waterfront, from the waters of Green Bay to the Sturgeon Bay shipping canal.

For more than five decades, the Door County Maritime Museum has been an educational and cultural resource, offering exhibits and programs that bring the area’s maritime heritage to life and preserve its history. Now the museum is taking a major leap forward by expanding our Sturgeon Bay facility with the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower.

The Maritime Lighthouse Tower offers:

  • Ten floors of interactive educational exhibits that highlight maritime history, people and industries;
  • Accessibility to a lighthouse experience that can accommodate everyone regardless of physical abilities;
  • A must-see maritime experience that will draw visitors to our area from across the country;
  • An intriguing destination that will create a significant economic boost to the region;
  • Hands-on educational experiences that will teach young and old, keep maritime history alive and promote interest in maritime-related local career opportunities.

The educational program will emphasize the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) inherent throughout the maritime and marine industries and across the state of Wisconsin. Our primary intent is to encourage children and young adults to consider one of many exciting technical careers in the state. Exhibits and programs within the Tower will use high-tech, interactive displays designed to capture the imagination of the next generation of Wisconsin’s workforce. We are currently working with area K-12 school districts and subject matter experts to develop a STEAM curriculum approach for existing and future exhibits and programs that will inspire the next generation to consider careers in the maritime industries.

The Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower enables DCMM to better and more effectively share the important maritime culture and heritage of our community with a wider audience, making our unique part of American history come alive for visitors.  The new Lighthouse Tower will light the way for countless young people who will find inspiration to pursue careers in engineering, environmental sciences, and maritime technologies – all careers vital to Door County and throughout Wisconsin and the Great Lakes. By increasing tourism, it will also become a significant economic stimulus that will generate more revenue and success for businesses throughout Door County and the region.

Watch the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower construction time-lapse video!

Construction camera was a partnership between DCMM and The Boldt Company.
Thanks to our neighbors Sonny’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria for allowing us to mount the camera on their property.

Additional Tower Project Information