Death's Door Maritime Museum, Ellison Bay

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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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  • Really glad we didn't miss this museum. It looks small from the outside, but is packed with artifacts, a fishing boat, plant of information, and a wonderful video re the Edmund Fitzgerald. 
    Really glad we didn't miss this museum. It looks small from the outside, but is packed with artifacts, a fishing boat, plant of information, and a wonderful video re the Edmund Fitzgerald.  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. 
    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 »
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  • Lots of good information here and Brennan was so helpful. Take the time to stop in.
  • Unassuming museum with tons of interesting history, explained very well with lots of authentic visuals. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area!

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