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You can also learn about Door County maritime history in our magazine The Beacon.

DCMM Recognized for Excellence

DCMM recently learned that the organization has passed the American Alliance of Museums’ Core Documents Verification, an important milestone in its ongoing efforts to demonstrate excellence and meet museum industry standards and best practices.

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Winter Fleet 2024

The M/V JOSEPH L. BLOCK arrived at the entrance to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal mid-morning on Wednesday January 17, 2024. She proceeded down the bay, through the three Sturgeon Bay bridges, pivoted and backed into her slip for winter layup at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

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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 soon!

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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wooden canoe on trailer with four men standing behind it. Blue sky, bridge and building and tugboat in background

Win a Handcrafted Wooden Boat!

Each year, DCMM hosts a wooden boatbuilding class, keeping alive the traditional maritime craft. Aspiring boat builders have an opportunity to learn firsthand skills of the age-old craft of building wooden boats. The class is … Read more

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Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: August 2–August 10

As one of 30 official U.S. Coast Guard Cities — and the only one in Wisconsin! — Sturgeon Bay celebrates each year with a week filled with events, ceremonies, visiting ships and fun!  Monday evening … Read more

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MERRY-TIME FESTIVAL OF TREES November 16-December 31

Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated trees and decorative displays in the museum. Fantastically decorated by local businesses, organizations and residents, each of these extraordinary trees is adorned with beautiful ornaments and special surprises.

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Tug John Purves

Monday, December 11was a big day at DCMM! The historic tug John Purves will spend the upcoming winter at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, undergoing repair and maintenance work. The tug is projected to return to the dock in front of DCMM in April 2024 and open for guests on May 1.

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A holiday tree with golden ornaments in front of a window that shows an historic red tugboat outside.

Jingle Mixer 2023!

We’re inviting you to celebrate the holidays, and mix and mingle through the Door County ‘Merry’-Time Museum’s winter wonderland during the Jingle Mixer, the evening of Tuesday, December 12. During the Mixer, enjoy the Hot … Read more

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Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Show 2023 Schedule

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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 – March 7: Freshwater Fisheries: Migratory Fish in Door County presented by Dr. Karen Murchie, Director of Freshwater Research, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

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