New Shipwrecks Exhibit Unveiled at Door County Maritime Museum

Take a journey through the new immersive exhibit at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Start your journey on land, aboard the freighter Elba, experience the ship sinking to the bottom of Lake Michigan and explore the lake floor for shipwrecks. The new “Shipwrecks of Door County” exhibit takes you through the history of scuba diving to plunging beneath the surface of Door County’s waters to exploring the history of the shipwrecks surrounding us. Learn about the watery graves of some of the over 200 historic losses that now call Door County waters their permanent home.

On Saturday, May 26, “Shipwrecks of Door County” opens to the public with an exciting day-long Grand Opening event sponsored by Lakeshore Adventures LLC. Join us for engaging activities; learn about shipwrecks from maritime speakers, follow along on guided curator tours and hear about historic shipwrecks from a lighthouse keeper’s perspective. Bring the little ones along for educational and entertaining children’s activities to include a shipwreck scavenger hunt, paper boat building, and don’t forget to pose with the nautical props at the selfie station.

With the purchase of standard admission, visitors can discover the new exhibit, explore the three other galleries highlighting Door County’s maritime history and enjoy the opening celebration events.

This new exhibit delivers a fascinating look into Door County’s historical shipwreck tragedies. Use a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) simulator to locate and explore a shipwreck, explore a sunken vessel, discover artifacts among the shipwreck debris field, learn about the preservation of Door County shipwrecks and watch footage of underwater discoveries in the exhibit theater.


Saturday, May 26 – Schedule of Events:

10:00 AM            

Museum Opens


10:15 AM            

Amy Paul | Executive Director, Door County Maritime Museum

Ribbon Cutting & Opening Comments


10:30 AM            

Victoria Kiefer | Maritime Archeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology and Door County Shipwrecks           


11:30 AM            

Joan Forsberg | Maritime Historian and Author
Shipwrecks at Death’s Door


12:30 PM            

Amy Paul | Executive Director, Door County Maritime Museum
Laughing Loon Kayak Raffle Drawing

1:30 PM  to 5:00 PM                 

Ed Miller as Henry Gattie | Lighthouse Keeper
Find Mr. Gattie amid the “Sentinels of the Shore: Lighthouses of Door County” exhibit. He’ll share the history of the old Baileys Harbor light and how it may have been the cause of some shipwrecks.

 Joan Forsberg | Maritime Historian and Author
Book Signing – Shipwrecks at Death’s Door


2:30 PM         
Philip Byrd | Curator, Door County Maritime Museum
Guided Walk Through of “Shipwrecks of Door County”


3:30 PM           

Philip Byrd | Curator, Door County Maritime Museum
Guided Walk Through of “Shipwrecks of Door County”




The Door County Maritime Museum is comprised of three locations; Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island Lighthouse, and Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. For more information and to plan your visit, please visit or call 920-743-5958.