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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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  • The museum does a good job covering the history of shipbuilding in Manitowoc, with plenty of artifacts to see. But the highlight is touring the USS Cobia submarine - and if you're lucky, Shane will...  more »
  • Really fun place to visit with lots to see and explore. Plenty of close by parking was an added bonus. Plan on spending several hours to see it all  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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