Death's Door Maritime Museum

Ellison Bay, WI

Where are we going?

Death's Door Maritime Museum
12724 W Wisconsin Bay Rd
Ellison Bay
WI 54210


What is there to do?

Death's Door Maritime Museum is a hidden gem in the small fishing village of Gills Rock Wisconsin, located at the very tip of Door County peninsula.

This family friendly maritime museum traces the region's commercial fishing traditions, and features a host of exhibits that allow you to see the many fascinating areas of its rich roots.

You can see the wooden fishing tug boat Hope, as well as a replica net shed, complete with net reel, fishing boxes, and a number of other traditional fishing supplies!

Also at Death's Door Maritime Museum you get the rare opportunity to explore (inside and out) the 45ft wooden fishing boat built in 1930.

You can even see a video of the tug's final fishing trip back in 1992!

Death's Door Maritime Museum also features an exhibit all about a shipwreck, as well as a scuba diving exhibit where you can see artifacts actually brought up from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Don't miss the information on the region's dangerous passage known as Death's Door - hence the name of the museum!

In fact, its the strait of water which passes between Washington Island to the north, and the Door Peninsula to the south which is rich in history and legend.

There's actually an exhibit that explore the origins of Ports des Morts (as it was referred to by French explorers) right back to the native American tribes, and the legends associated with them.

Some of the shipwrecks which went down in this infamous strait are explores, as well as the thrilling accounts of those fisherman who worked its waters!

You can use a Lyle gun to rescue stranded mariners, and even browse an area devoted to marine engines (including those built at Kahlenberg Brothers)

With plenty of exhibits and interactive technology, Death's Door Maritime Museum allows you to experience maritime history in a whole new way.

So kids, are you ready for an adventure?

How much does it cost?

Adults: $6

Children: $3 (Age 5 to 17)

Discount: Free for members

Free Under: 4 years


Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility, they will be happy to answer any questions!


When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily in season

Museum season open May 1 to October 28


Any top tips?

Check out the events that the museum host, and also in the local area, there are so many great things for families to enjoy! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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