The Door County Maritime Museum brings Great Lakes history to life through galleries and interactive exhibits. Take a tour of the 149-foot restored tugboat John Purves, which was built in 1919 and served a variety of roles during the First and Second World Wars. Tug tours are offered from May to October and have age, height and mobility restrictions.
The Museum’s offerings also include the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower, which is a ten-floor tower with a maritime theater and rooftop observation deck. Each of the ten floors is dedicated to a specific maritime theme such as the Door Peninsula, navigation, commerce, shipbuilding, shipwrecks and more.
The 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. The Museum operates three locations, including the Door County Maritime Museum along the working waterfront in Sturgeon Bay; the iconic Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor; and the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. As one of northeast Wisconsin’s top tourism destinations, attracting more than 70,000 visitors annually, the Door County Maritime Museum serves as a cultural and educational resource for all 72 counties in Wisconsin.