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Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

We offer three museum sites that each highlight different aspects of Door County Wisconsin’s maritime history. A two- or three-day trip is an ideal way to explore each unique site as you travel from Sturgeon Bay along the Door County peninsula.  Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society helps to preserve maritime history in Door County, Wisconsin.

Visit our three locations!

The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin was established in 1969 and now includes four amazing galleries that feature lighthouses, model ships and boats, shipwrecks, the area’s numerous shipbuilding companies and more.

Built in 1869 and still operational today, Cana Island Lighthouse is a Door County treasure. The Lighthouse is located on an island, just north of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, which visitors reach by walking across the dry lake bottom. Once on the island, you can climb the light tower, tour the lighthouse keeper’s home and explore the grounds, which include relics from the 1900s. 

The museum, which opened in 1975, is located in the small fishing town of Gills Rock, Wisconsin at the tip of Door County. A wooden fish shanty, the fishing tug Hope and exhibits on ice fishing, shipwrecks, maritime life-saving techniques and equipment tell the story of the area. 

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