Free Admission to Maritime Museum for Kids through March

The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will offer free admission to children 12 and under with an accompanying paid adult beginning Jan. 24, and continuing on Sundays through the end of March.

Photo by Cheri Hargis.

Photo by Cheri Hargis.

Among the highlights is the new 40th anniversary commemorative exhibit related to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Highlights include a deck light and life jacket given to the museum when the Fitzgerald was in Sturgeon Bay for off-season work. A video featuring radio conversations recorded on Nov. 10, 1975 discussing the possible sinking and rescue attempts is another intriguing aspect of the presentation.

Additional artifacts include a searchlight from the Arthur M. Anderson which was sailing near the Fitzgerald and courageously battled the storm in the search for survivors as well as an impressive eight-foot model of the “Fitz” crafted by Jerry Guenther, whose model of the Titanic was the centerpiece of the museum’s 100th commemorative exhibit of its sinking in 2012.

The family-friendly exhibit Sea Dogs continues. Humans and dogs have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for tens of thousands of years. The exhibit chronicles some of the amazing “tails” and the enduring human-canine relationship.

“We welcome families to use this opportunity to explore the rich maritime heritage,” said the museum’s Executive Director Rick O’Farrell.

Admission is $10 for adults. For more information, call 920.743.5958 or visit

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