The Board of Directors of the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for the Maritime Lighthouse Tower museum expansion. The ceremonial groundbreaking, signaling the start of construction activities, will take place on Wednesday, November 13th, 10:30am at the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. The Museum Board recently announced the selection of The Boldt Company as General Contractor for the Maritime Lighthouse Tower, as well as a $1 Million pledge of support from the George Kress Foundation. The groundbreaking will be open to project donors, local dignitaries and the press.

“This is a historic day that has been a long time coming for the Door County Maritime Museum,” said John R. Asher, CEO of Roen Salvage Company and DCMM Board Member. “So many people have worked very hard for many years to make this dream a reality. This project will be a significant economic stimulus that will bring long-term stability to the Museum and more business to many others throughout Sturgeon Bay and Door County.”

Groundbreaking event speakers will include DCMM Board President William Harder and Executive Director Kevin Osgood; Bob DeKoch, President of The Boldt Company; and Will Kress of the George Kress Foundation and President of Green Bay Packaging.

From the indoor and outdoor observation decks at the top, to the expanded community event space on floor two, the Maritime Lighthouse Tower will be a place that inspires, teaches, and instills a sense of pride in our community and our shared maritime history. One of the ultimate intentions of the project is to contribute to Door County’s economy by creating a new year-round tourist destination that will offer a panoramic vista of Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront from the enclosed 10th floor observation deck or the outdoor rooftop deck. 

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. The educational program will emphasize the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) inherent throughout the maritime and marine industries. It 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 the economy of Door County.