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Located along Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin’s busy working waterfront, the Door County Maritime Museum showcases the area’s rich maritime roots. Hard-working fishermen, brave ship captains, skilled craftsmen, bold inventors and lonely lighthouse keepers are just some of the personalities you’ll discover in the galleries of the museum.

See how these maritime pioneers worked and what they made, and you’ll understand and appreciate your visit to Door County on a deeper, more engaged level.

In December 1956, Roen Steamship Company of Sturgeon Bay purchased the John Purves and put her to work on all five Great Lakes taking on towing and salvage jobs. The Purves was well known throughout the Great Lakes for her strength and towing capabilities. In fact, due to her might, she made a good living after the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, rescuing many a saltwater vessel that ran aground in the tricky channels of the Great Lakes.


Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. preserves Great Lakes maritime history, primarily focusing on Door County, Wisconsin, and provides interpretive and educational opportunities for current and future generations.

It is the vision of the Door County Maritime Museum to provide and perpetuate the best maritime museum experiences on the Great Lakes.

COVID-19 Statement

The Door County Maritime Museum is closely monitoring the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus situation and implementing our Emergency Response Plan that outlines specific recommendations to meet the standards and recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). With Governor Tony Evers asking residents to stay at home in his “Safer at Home” order, out of an abundance of caution we are closing our doors to guests. For our full statement, click here