New DCMM Exhibit to Open in May

“Blackout” with life jacket.

The Door County Maritime Museum will chronicle some amazing “tails” and the enduring human-canine relationship in a new exhibit “Sea Dogs” which will open at the Sturgeon Bay museum in May.

“From shipboard mascots to working dogs trained specifically for maritime pursuits, sea dogs have loyally served, saved and loved their sailor companions,” explains June Larson, Assistant Curator.

The planned Sea Dogs exhibit explores the affiliations and enterprises that bond dogs and humans in a wide spectrum of nautical environments. Calling on all the human senses, the exhibit will educate and entertain the visitor through use of original art, historic photographs, videos and several interactive activities as it explores the special role dogs played in forging maritime history and heritage.

Some of the exhibition highlights includes a tribute to Sinbad, the mascot dog on the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell. Sinbad became a media darling during World War II and was featured in movie newsreels, magazines, a bestselling book and a successful war bond sales campaign. Also, there will a children’s play area that will afford young visitors, as well as those young-at-heart, to dress in appropriate costume (sailor caps, life vests, dog masks, dog noses, dog caps, etc.) and enjoy a human-size dog house, dog puppets, plush stuffed dog toys, etc.

The Door County Maritime Museum’s new “Sea Dogs” exhibit is a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages. Employing everything from a LEGO© block display to historic film clips, the exhibit immerses the visitor in the amazing story of dogs at sea.

The exhibit will open with a special members’ reception on Friday evening, May 15, with the public unveiling planned for Saturday, May 16. For more information visit