DCMM Maritime Lighthouse Tower Exhibit RFP

About Us

For more than 50 years, the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) has educated and entertained the public while working to preserve and celebrate the rich maritime history of Door County and the Great Lakes. The Museum operates three locations, including the Door County Maritime Museum along the working waterfront in Sturgeon Bay; the iconic Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor; and the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. As one of northeast Wisconsin’s top tourism destinations, attracting more than 65,000 visitors annually, the Door County Maritime Museum serves as an educational resource for all 72 counties in Wisconsin. (See “DCMM Background Info” for additional details.)

Project Overview

The Door County Maritime Museum is expanding our Sturgeon Bay facility with the landmark 10-story Maritime Lighthouse Tower. The new facility will offer:

  • Ten floors of interactive educational exhibits that highlight maritime history, people and industries;
  • Accessibility to a lighthouse experience that will 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.

DCMM educational programs emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) in the area’s rich maritime economy. Exhibits in the Maritime Lighthouse Tower expansion will fill a current void in the area to strengthen connections between business and industry with regional K-12 school districts and higher education institutions. Our primary intent is to encourage children and young adults to consider one of many well-paying technical careers in the area and break the cycle of poverty in our local community. Exhibits and programs within the Tower will use high-tech, interactive exhibits designed to capture the imagination of the next generation of Wisconsin’s workforce. No other museum environment in this region of Wisconsin has a similar kind of immersive educational experience.

The STEAM-focused exhibits on all ten floors will incorporate interactive digital displays to highlight how STEAM is vital to designing, engineering, building, manufacturing, and operating the regionally produced ships and boats, our world-class Inland Navigation System, and highly complex technological equipment. The educational program will emphasize the STEAM perspectives inherent throughout the maritime and marine industries locally as well as across the state of Wisconsin. We’re using the regional, technical backdrop of the maritime industries on Great Lakes to stimulate appreciation for STEAM-related career paths.

Target Audience

We want to engage digital natives as well as their grandparents with traditional reader board panels, mixed with unique, functional technology that deeply enhances the visitor experience.