Wisconsin Maritime Museum

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Facility:Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Description:Welcome to a great place to learn, play and explore the rich maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum offers visitors a unique place to spend hours learning about the sailors, shipbuilders and submariners who made that history, and to have some great family fun!

Founded in 1970 as the Manitowoc Submarine Memorial Association, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum has grown into one of the largest maritime museums in the Midwest. In addition to commemorating the maritime heritage of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area and the submarines built here during World War II, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is now a leader in preserving the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.
Address 1:75 Maritime Drive
Address 2:
Zip Code:54220
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Hours:Open 7 days a week year round!

The Museum is closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. It is also closed for the Museum's annual fundraising event, Commodore's Ball, on Saturday, October 3, 2009.


Summer: 9 a.m. 6 p.m.
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
Winter: 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend
Admission:$12 Adult, $10 Child (age 6-15), Free (age 5 and under), The Museum offers discounted admission rates!
Telephone:(866) 724-2356
Website:Visit Website
Ida M., Co-op Member
When we visited the Wisconsin Maritime Museum it was hard to tear away when it was closing time. [and we were there for a good part of the day!] It was difficult for most of us to choose one favorite area. The hands on activities of sailing a boat from the miniature Lake Superior on down to where the Wisconsin River meets the Mississippi and investigating a 'shipwreck' through a periscope were great ways to 'take breaks' with the younger children. The entire museum is packed with details and interesting items as well as tons of how things work exhibits.

The following is notes from around the museum:
The museum always has some temporary exhibits. The Riverside Gallery was so interesting to my history buffs and all of us with its interesting tid-bits of WI maritime history items. One section of the museum shows Manitowoc back in the huge ship building days, from the 1840's into WWII. Models and portions of ships demonstrate the ways ships were build, how they carried people and cargo as well as how the engines worked. One of the most interesting areas was filled with WI built boats and ships of all kinds.

All of us enjoyed the submarine tour. It is all so well laid out and put together. It was an all round great experience.
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