Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Where are we going?

Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock
120 N Madison Ave
Sturgeon Bay
WI 54235


What is there to do?

It's time to delve into the rich maritime roots of Door County at the Door County Maritime Museum, located along Sturgeon Bay's busy waterfront in Wisconsin.

Not only can you learn all about the events that shaped the region's history, but also the personalities and stories hard-working fisherman, skilled craftsmen, bold investors and brave ship captain's.

You can see how these important maritime pioneers worked, as well as what they made, and you can really gain an understanding and appreciation of Door County on a deeper, more engaged level.

Some of the features within this popular maritime museum is a fishing tug boat built back in 1930, and even board the boat and view its last fishing trip in 1992!

Along with the Hope is the remake of a net shed complete with fishing boxes, a net reel, and other traditional fishing supplies. The Museum also features new exhibits on shipwrecks and lifesaving including a lyle gun used to rescue mariners from shipwrecks.

You can step into an actual wheelhouse of an 1907 steamship, and Captain her as she delivers lumber and stone throughout the Great Lakes!

There are great events throughout the year at the Door County Maritime Museum including the classic and wooden boat festival, as well as speaker series where you can learn even more about this rich and fascinating history!

So why not dive into your next Wisconsin family day out with a visit to this family-friendly museum and see just what you might uncover about maritime history!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $15 (museum & tug boat) / $10 museum only

Children: Ages 5 to 17: $10 (museum & tug boat) / $5 museum only

Discount: Retired Military and Seniors $14 (or $9 museum only)

Free Under: 4 years for museum, but $8 for tug boat


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to ask about the accessibility of the museum, they will be happy to help answer any questions!


When can we go?

10am - 4pm (Jan to March), 10am - 5pm (April to June), 9am - 5pm (July to Labor Day), 10am 5pm (Labor Day to Dec)

Open year round. Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, & New Year’s Day


Any top tips?

Keep an eye for the special events on the website, there are some great family friendly ones you might not want to miss out on!

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