Maritime Museum Opens Properties May 1

The Door County Maritime Museum is opening its properties on May 1 for the 2019 season.

Built in 1919, the tugboat John Purves is open in Sturgeon Bay for 45-minute tours through the end of October. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Purves, the museum is also offering a limited number of special Nuts & Bolts tours throughout the season. Tickets for those tours are available at

The Death’s Door Maritime Museum celebrates the area’s commercial-fishing tradition. Located in the village of Gills Rock at the tip of the Door County peninsula on the shores of Death’s Door, the museum features a shipwreck and scuba-diving exhibit, including artifacts brought up from the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor is Door County’s most iconic lighthouse, celebrating 150 years of standing watch in 2019. Ride a hay wagon over the causeway to explore the island, including the 89-foot-tall light tower, oil storage house and lighthouse keeper’s home. On National Lighthouse Day (Aug. 7), the Door County Maritime Museum will honor the lighthouse’s 150 years with a celebration.

For hours of operation and admission charges, visit or call 920.743.5958.

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