Gills Rock Maritime Museum Now Open

The Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock is now open for the season. The museum will be open daily through Oct. 15.

After taking the scenic trip to the tip of Door County, visitors will find a wealth of maritime history awaiting them at the Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock. The museum traces the area’s commercial fishing tradition and features a shipwreck and a scuba diving exhibit including artifacts brought up from the bottom of Lake Michigan. It boasts the wooden fishing tug Hope built in 1930, and a replica net shed complete with fishing boxes, net reel and other traditional fishing supplies. Visitors have the rare opportunity to explore, inside and out, the 45-foot wooden fishing tug. These exhibits and many more will be under the care of the museum’s new site manager, Kirsten Linder.

Linder joined the museum this spring. Her husband, Derreck, worked in Ellison Bay a year before she moved up.

“I’m so excited to meet new visitors,” Linder said. “I’m looking forward to sharing with them the great history of the families who have really built up Gills Rock. I love the Hopea magnificent fishing boat that is on display here at the Gills Rock location. You can walk through it and explore all the nooks and crannies yourself. I’m looking forward to the summer of 2017 and all the visitors that come with it.”

The museum’s interactive technology, called augmented reality, assists in telling their stories. Using a tablet provided by the museum or a personal smartphone, visitors will experience maritime history in a whole new way.

Museum hours are 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit or call 920.743.5958.

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