Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc

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The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S., that depicts the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes. Founded in 1968 as the Manitowoc Maritime Museum, the facility opened in 1969 in the former YMCA of Manitowoc. In 1991, it relocated to a new, 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) building. The museum is the site of a large collection of Great Lakes maritime history, original artifacts, and nautical archaeology.

The museum was founded by former submariners and civic leaders who wanted to bring a World War II submarine to Manitowoc to commemorate the role the city played in building submarines and supporting the war effort. In 1970, the United States Navy donated the USS Cobia to the museum, the same type of submarine constructed in Manitowoc during the war. Cobia is permanently berthed in the Manitowoc River adjacent to the museum.
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  • My husband really enjoyed this place. The museum was really done well and we especially loved the tour of the submarine which was included in the ticket price.  more »
  • This is an excellent Maritime Museum! Their staff is very knowledge and nice. Beautiful clean facility. Fun for all ages! And if you are physically able, definitely take the tour of the Cobia...  more »
  • Great place to take the kids. There is a nice history part. We took a tour on the sub outside. They had mannequins set up playing cards. It was funny. I had a great time and I will be sure to be back.
  • This is awesome! The sub was very nice. Also I like the little indoor museum. The tour guide was pretty funny. Kinda sucks It closes at 5. But all in all, Very good place.

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