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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Tugboat John Purves

April 17, 2019

The entire Door County community is invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic tug John Purves at 11am on Wednesday, May 1,2019 at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The event will include the US Army Color Guard, the national anthem sung by Southern Door High School sophomore Brianna Partyka, birthday … continue reading

DCMM Properties Open for the Season

The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is pleased to announce that the tugboat John Purves in Sturgeon Bay, the Death’ Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock, and the Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor are all open for the 2019 season as of Wednesday, May 1st. Built in 1919 as the Butterfield, the John Purves has been … continue reading

DCMM Presenting at CAMM Conference

The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is a proud member of the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM), an association of more than 80 institutions working toward the preservation and interpretation of North America’s maritime heritage. The 2019 CAMM Annual Conference is being held April 24-27 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. DCMM is … continue reading

Tickets Available to 2019 Door County Lighthouse Festivals

April 3, 2019

Tickets are now on sale for both the 2019 Door County Spring and Fall Lighthouse Festivals, June 7-9 and October 12-13. Each festival is comprised of land-based, boat, and adventure tours that together reach all eleven of the historic lighthouses of Door County. Many of the tour excursions are unique to the Lighthouse Festival weekends, … continue reading

DCMM Offers VIP Tours of Tug John Purves

March 28, 2019

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the tug John Purves, the Door County Maritime Museum is offering a limited number of special Nuts & Bolts tours of the tugboat throughout the summer 2019 season. These small group tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will give guests a chance to learn detail about life … continue reading

Maritime Speaker Series: “Great Lakes Lighthouse Tenders”

March 1, 2019

The final Maritime Speaker Series event of the season takes place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7pm at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The event will feature maritime author Paul J. Mason in his discussion of the U.S. Lighthouse Tender Service on the Great Lakes. The ships and crews of the U.S. … continue reading