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Spring: June 10-12 & Fall: September 30-October 2. The Festival weekends include air, land-based, boat, and adventure tours that together reach all 11 of the treasured lighthouses of Door County! Many of the tours are unique to the Lighthouse Festival, and provide visitors exclusive access to lighthouses not typically open to the public – Chambers Island, Kewaunee, Plum Island and Sherwood Point Lighthouses.
The annual DCMM Merry-Time Festival of Trees fills the Museum with extraordinary trees, wreaths and decorative displays adorned with ornaments, gifts and special surprises, all decorated and donated by local businesses, organizations and residents. The Festival runs now through Sunday, January 2, 2022.
Saturday, August 21, 2021 Dear friends, A Door County Maritime Museum employee tested positive today for COVID. This employee works at our Sturgeon Bay location. Out of an abundance of caution for our staff and our guests, we are temporarily closing the museum so that we can test all employees before we reopen. During the … continue reading
The public is cordially invited to an award presentation and dinner honoring all nominees for the Mariner Award and the Sturgeon Bay Area Coast Guard Person of the Year. This special event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, and is hosted by the Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Committee, and SBYC.
The Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock hosts a new exhibit entitled From-Net-To-Table. The photography exhibit highlights the people who are part of the contemporary Door County commercial fishing industry, Door County’s contribution to the culinary and cultural landscape of Wisconsin.
Bring Door County’s maritime history and technology to life, even during this time of quarantine, and build boats for the new online competition! In partnership with the Peninsula Pulse newspaper, DCMM is launching the “Float Your Boat!” paper and cardboard boat-building challenge.
During the May 22nd Christening of the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower in Sturgeon Bay, DCMM Executive Director Kevin Osgood announced a matching challenge grant to jump-start the final phase of fundraising for the $7.2 Million construction capital campaign. HELP US REACH OUR GOAL and unlock the $50,000 matching grant by the end of August!
The next edition of the DCMM Maritime Speaker Series takes place in-person and on-line on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm. The presentation on Wisconsin Shipwrecks will feature Tamara Thomsen, maritime archaeologist with Wisconsin Historical Society’s Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program. She recently discovered a 1,200-year-old dugout canoe in Madison’s Lake Mendota!
DCMM is pleased to announce that the tugboat John Purves in Sturgeon Bay, the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock, and the Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor are all open for the 2021 season as of Saturday, May 1st. All DCMM locations are open seven days a week.
On Thursday, April 8 at 7pm for the DCMM Maritime Speaker Series, Curator Rhys Kuzdas will tell the story of the shipping container’s inventor, Leathem D. Smith, the process of its design and plans for implementation, and eventual legal battles over its patents and legacy.
Do you have a Door, Kewaunee, Brown or Delta County lighthouse picture that makes people go ‘WOW!’? The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society (DCMM) is searching for a new cover photo for the Door County Lighthouse Festivals – and your photo could be the one! PHOTO SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2021 The … continue reading
Join fisheries specialist Titus Seilheimer for a special edition of the Door County Maritime Speaker Series, on Thursday, February 4 at 7pm, to learn more about the only freshwater member of the cod family, the burbot a/k/a the lawyer fish.
Bring your family and friends to the 9th annual Merry-Time Festival of Trees, now through January 3, at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The Festival turns the Museum into a winter wonderland with uniquely decorated trees, wreaths and decorative displays. Visitors can purchase raffle tickets for chances to win a display and take it home!
In February 2020, a new exhibit occupied the second floor landing of the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Built For Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in World War II highlights warships constructed in Door County and the experiences of their crews during the tumultuous years of the 1940’s. This exhibit brings to life … continue reading
For National Maritime Day (May 22), DCMM organized a maritime signal of appreciation for healthcare workers fighting against the pandemic. At Noon, the ship’s horn on the tug John Purves sounded a “Master’s Salute” to those working the front lines against COVID-19.
The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is pleased to present our newest exhibit Built for Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in World War II online. Through the link below, we share the 10 interpretive panels that make up the exhibit, along with a 10-question quiz for your educational use and purposes. www.dcmm.org/exhibits/built-for-battle-online/ Click on the image … continue reading
DCMM is pleased to make our newest exhibit – Built for Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in World War II – available online. We want to continue to educate and engage our community, especially our area school-age population, currently dislocated from their classrooms and teachers.
We have several outboard motors, and fishing vessel motors. We have three Kahlenberg engines dating as far back as 1910. The newest addition to the engines is a 1917 Kahlenberg that was fully restored by Kurt Krueger. The engine sat outside for more than 25 years. It is originally off the fishing tug King in Ellison Bay, … continue reading
Our Shipwrecks exhibit features information and artifacts from shipwrecks including the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Louisiana, and Fleetwing. The Edmund Fitzgerald was built in 1958 in the Great Lakes Engineering Works in Michigan. On November 10 , 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost along with her crew of 29 men in Lake Superior 17 miles … continue reading
The Plum Island light was constructed in Paris, France, in 1889 and served until 2015 when it was replaced with a LED light. Originally invented by Augustine Fresnel in 1822, the lenses were used extensively along European and North American coasts. They ranged in size from first to sixth order (first being the largest). The … continue reading
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