One History … Three Ports of Call

Cana Island Lighthouse

Baileys Harbor

Door County Maritime Museum

Sturgeon Bay

Death’s Door Maritime Museum

Gills Rock

​​​​​​​Door County Maritime Museum: Where Great Lakes History Comes Alive!

The Museum operates three locations, including the Door County Maritime Museum along the working waterfront in Sturgeon Bay; the iconic Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor; and the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. As one of northeast Wisconsin’s top tourism destinations, attracting more than 85,000 visitors annually, the Door County Maritime Museum serves as a cultural and educational resource for all 72 counties in Wisconsin. 

Our Mission: The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. preserves Great Lakes maritime history, primarily focusing on Door County, Wisconsin, and provides interpretive and educational opportunities for current and future generations.

Our Vision: To be a preeminent cultural and educational resource for the preservation and stewardship of regional maritime history.

DCMM Land Acknowledgement: The Door County Maritime Museum acknowledges that the indigenous peoples and nations – including the Menominee, Potawatomi, as well as other native peoples – have stewarded through generations the lands and waterways of what is now northeastern Wisconsin. We honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples and this land and the waters surrounding it.

Red square box with peaked metal roof, sitting at the end of a break wall. A catwalk of wood and steel connects the lighthouse to the shore.

Lighthouse Festivals: Tours on SALE NOW!

Festival weekends include air, land-based, boat, and adventure tours that provide access to all 11 of the treasured lighthouses of Door County and three of our neighbors to the south.

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Tug John Purves

The dry-docking work for the tug John Purves is complete and the tug is back at home behind the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay!

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maritime speaker series

2023-24 Maritime Speaker Series

The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs – from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economy that relies on them. UP NEXT – Thursday, May 2 at 7pm, featuring The Search for the Linda E., presented by Brennan Christianson, DCMM

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