The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay is offering free admission to children 12 and under with an accompanying paid adult Oct. 15, 22 and 29. The museum offers this opportunity to encourage children to embrace their maritime history and enjoy the interactive exhibits that make learning fun.
Children can expect to find interactive, hands-on learning opportunities throughout the museum. The popular Sea Dogs exhibit features four interactive games they can play while learning more about the special role dogs played in our maritime history and heritage. They can explore historic photographs, videos, interactive games, and other activities to learn about these brave canine companions. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Sea Dogs before it ends Dec. 31, 2017, which will then make room for the new exhibit featuring underwater exploration of shipwrecks scheduled to open May 2018.
Another great attraction not to be missed is the authentic periscope removed from the USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN-644). Located in the Peterson Gallery, the fully working periscope allows visitors a full view of the working waterfront and the shipyards nearby.
Among the highlights of a trip to the Door County Maritime Museum is the Elba pilothouse. Pilots of all ages can grab the large ship’s wheel and try to navigate the Elba through the Sturgeon Bay shipping channel and its bridges by means of a realistic computer-driven interactive.
Visitors in October can also stop by the museum gift store where they will find a great selection of nautical gifts, books, and memorabilia. All artwork and notecards will be 15 percent off the entire month.
A full list of exhibits and more information can be found at dcmm.org. The museum is located at 120 N Madison Ave in Sturgeon Bay. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm daily.