Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Manitowoc, WI

Where are we going?

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
75 Maritime Dr
WI 54220

920 684 0218

What is there to do?

There is a wealth of maritime history in the Great Lakes region, and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is there to offer you a chance to explore it!

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, this family friendly museum is where you can spend hours learning about the sailors, the shipbuilders, and submariners who changed the course of maritime history, AND you can have some great family fun as you do so!

Did we mention there's a completely restored WWII submarine too?

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum has a number of exhibits and galleries where you can explore the many facets of this rich history. 

Step back to the 1840s and learn about shipping and shipbuilding were some of the first industries within the state of Wisconsin, and you can explore the streets of Manitowoc as they were 150 years ago!

You can see scale models, and half-hull models that tell the stories of Great Lakes sailing ships and freighters, and even view a shipwreck diorama of the Edmund Fitzgerald as she looks in the waters of Lake Superior.

There's also plenty of hands-on fun as kids play in the Children's Waterways Room, where children of all ages can launch boats onto a miniature Lake Superior, or navigate the waterfalls of the Wisconsin River!

Then of course you have the USS Cobia, the most intact WWII submarine in the entire nation, AND it's home to the oldest working radar in the world! Through a 45 minute guided tour you can learn all about life on the submarines with 79 other men, and discover how the submarine operates!

It's a wealth of fun as you explore the waters of the Great Lakes, and it's all at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $15

Children: $8 (Ages 4 to 12)

Discount: $12 for Veterans and seniors

Free Under: 3 years


Need a little extra help?

The museum is accessible to people with limited mobility. Two elevators and ramps allow for easier access to all areas of the museum. They also have a limited number of wheelchairs available upon request. USS Cobia had been designated a National Historic Landmark and is therefore not accessible by wheelchair.


When can we go?

Open 9am - 6pm July & August, with 5pm close in Fall & Spring. Winter: 10am - 4pm Mon, Thurs & Fri, then 9am - 4pm weekends.

Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays between November & mid-March. Also closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.


Any top tips?

Guided tours of the submarine are offered daily, weather permitting, throughout the year and are included with your museum admission. Tour times are approximate and subject to change. Allow three to four hours to fully explore the Museum and tour USS Cobia.

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