DCMM Encourages Families to Introduce Maritime History to Kids

The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will offer free admission to children 12 and under with an accompanying paid adult beginning Jan. 29 and continuing on Sundays through the end of March.

“This special offer hopefully encourages families the opportunity to see what the museum has to offer at a quieter time of the year,” said the museum’s Executive Director Amy Paul. “It’s a chance for parents to introduce the area’s rich maritime history to their children.”

Among the highlights is the newly upgraded Elba pilothouse. Visitors can climb aboard this relic from a vintage 420-foot steam freighter. It’s windows are now filled with video screens that allow aspiring captains to pilot the freighter through the Sturgeon Bay Canal and all three of the city’s bridges by means of a realistic computer-driven interactive.

The Elba is located inside the family-friendly Sea Dogs exhibit. 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.

Families will have the opportunity to explore four galleries, including the Peterson Gallery and its remarkable view of Sturgeon Bay through a nuclear submarine periscope. There’s also the captivating story of Sturgeon Bay’s contributions to the World War II shipbuilding effort and the very first shipping container developed by shipyard owner Leathem Smith.

Also visit the museum’s newest exhibit, Telegraphs of the Past. This temporary exhibit centers on communication aboard a ship by way of a four-stage presentation.

There is no charge to check out the museum store for spring merchandise and take advantage of a selection of clearance-priced art prints, toys and t-shirts. Enjoy 10 percent off all books from Feb. 1 – March 31. Museum admission is $10 for adults. Call 920.743.5958 or visit for more information.

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