The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) sails into summer with the unveiling of its Shipwrecks of Door County interactive exhibit. With help from a $39,550 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the museum welcomes visitors to explore the role shipwrecks play in Wisconsin’s maritime history. The exhibit is on display from May 26, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2020.
The unveiling takes place May 26 featuring a full-day event with shipwreck-themed speakers, a book signing, children’s activities, a scavenger hunt and guided curatorial tours of the new exhibit. With the purchase of standard admission, visitors can explore the new exhibit, experience three additional galleries highlighting Door County maritime history and enjoy the opening celebration events.
The schedule for May 26 is: 10:15 am – Ribbon cutting and opening comments from DCMM Executive Director Amy Paul; 10:30 am – underwater archaeology and Door County shipwrecks talk with maritime archaeologist Victoria Kiefer; 11:30 am – Shipwrecks at Death’s Door talk with historian Joan Forsberg; 12:30 pm – Laughing Loon kayak raffle; 1:30-5 pm – Ed Miller will portray lighthouse keeper Henry Gattie & Shipwrecks at Death’s Door book signing with Forsberg; 2:30 & 3:30 pm – guided walk through exhibit.
Shipwrecks of Door County features interactive displays that explore life at sea and the inherent dangers of the area’s landscape. Visitors can use a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) simulator to locate and explore a shipwreck, explore a sunken vessel, discover artifacts among the shipwreck debris field, learn about the preservation of Door County shipwrecks and watch footage of underwater discoveries in the exhibit theater.
DCMM Executive Director Amy Paul said this will be a very engaging and interactive exhibit for the entire family. “The goal is to excite and educate visitors from the youngest to those who have lived life at sea and all those interested in experiencing a shipwreck and shipwreck exploration.”
DCMM is located at 120 N Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. For more information visit dcmm.org.