Death's Door Maritime Museum, Ellison Bay

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
When in the northern part of the Door Peninsula, be sure to visit the Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock. The museum is open seasonally. Please call or visit their Web site for details. The newly remodeled facility features the fishing tug Hope built in 1930 by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works (currently Palmer Johnson). Visitors can board the boat and view its last fishing trip in 1992. Along with the Hope, is the remake of a net shed complete with fishing boxes, a net reel, and other traditional fishing supplies. The museum also features new exhibits on shipwrecks and lifesaving including a Lyle Gun used to rescue mariners from shipwrecks. The Ted Berch model collection of 20 Great Lakes vessels, including the Edmund Fitzgerald, is also located in the lifesaving area. The Museum at Gills Rock also houses an area devoted to marine engines including those built at Kahlenberg Brothers in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Other exhibit areas include ice fishing and navigation.
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  • It is a small museum with a complete fishing boat inside you can climb on. Also a short video of the crew fishing with that same boat. They have quite a few outboard and inboard motors/engines you...  more »
  • We enjoyed this much more than the Sturgeon Bay Maritime Museum. Very well organized and reading about the history was fantastic. Especially impressed by the lake-to-table exhibit.  more »
  • Very sweet, not too big, museum. Interesting "real" displays and videos on the areas history. Worth the time to go through.
  • Wally was an excellent source of information. We enjoyed talking with him. He explained to us about why the water was over the causeway at Cana Lighthouse. Very interesting.
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