Special Events

Events Schedule and Information

Members enjoy free museum admission and free or reduced admission to programs year round.  For more information on membership, view our membership information page.

Temporary Exhibit: "Wisconsin's Underwater Treasures"

Wisconsin's Underwater Treasures highlights shipwrecks of the mid-lake region of Lake Michigan. This exhibit features new interactive kiosks and broader selection of artifacts from culturally significant shipwrecks in the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary!



Haunted Sub & Pub!

October 28-29, 2016 * 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us for a haunted submarine experience aboard our WW II submarine USS Cobia! Our haunted tours will take place October 28th & 29th from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Are you brave enough to discover what lurks beneath the surface at night?The cost is $8 per person and includes indoor waiting!

If you survive the tour, hang out in our Sub Pub and enjoy some Halloween-themed refreshments! (Cash Bar)

May not be suitable for children under 10.

Halloween at the Museum & Manitowoc County Community Day

Saturday, October 29th 9:00 – 5:00

$5 admission all day for Manitowoc County Residents!

Enjoy Halloween-themed activities in the museum galleries, including a scavenger hunt, storytelling, crafts, and cider.

Re-enactors will be aboard Cobia for a living history day as well! Tour the boat on your own and enjoy stories from the crew.

"Treat Street" will also be taking place at downtown businesses! Enjoy a fun Halloween themed day in downtown Manitowoc!

Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:30 - Noon OR  1:00 - 3:30

Discover the wonders of water! Learn how water connects people all over the world. Be inspired to lead your family and friends as water advocates.

Games + Experiments + Snacks + Role playing + Time on a real submarine = FUN

These activities will help fulfill your “Love Water” Award requirements!

Cost: $6 per Brownie 

Space is limited to 40 Brownies, so call right away to register: 920-374-4004  

This is a behind the scenes look at a World War II submarine. These smaller tours will last approximately three hours and will give guests a chance to see areas of the submarine not seen on normal tours. This special tour will include ladders and smaller spaces and you must be 16 or older to participate. The cost is $15 per person, plus regular admission for non-members. A free bottle of Torpedo Juice (non-alcoholic) is included for a mid-tour break in the Crew's Mess. Space is limited so reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information call Mike at (920) 684-0218 ext 106.

Tour Dates: This year's tours are all on Sundays at 1:00 p.m.

  • November 6th
  • November 20th
  • December 4th
  • January 15th
  • January 29th
  • February 12th
  • February 26th

USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club Event

Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13, 2016

Local amateur radio operators will set up and operate radio equipment in the crew's mess aboard Cobia and talk to people around the world in honor of Veterans Day. This provides a means to remember and pay honor to veterans of all nations.  Members of the Museum and the Radio Club consider it a distinct honor and a privilege to participate in this annual event.  Visitors can see and talk with Amateur Radio Club NB9QV members on board the submarine this weekend!

Christmas Tree Ship Celebration & Community Day

Saturday, December 10th 9:00 am—4:00 pm 

Free admission all day long! Be part of a Great Lakes Christmas tradition! Join us to watch Santa arrive on board a Two Rivers fishing tug with a load of Christmas trees as carolers sing holiday melodies. Inside the Museum get your picture taken with Santa, and make a holiday craft.

Since it’s free admission feel free to tour USS Cobia, build boats in our Waterways room and visit our newly expanded exhibit Wisconsin's Underwater Treasure’s, with fun interactives!

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Join us as we remember the 86 crewmen of the Manitowoc-built submarine USS Lagarto. The sub was sunk on May 3, 1945. The ceremony will take place on the deck of USS Cobia. This free event can be viewed from the museum's Quarterdeck.

May 19th-21st, 2017  (Modelers) and May 20th-21st (Public)

 Please join us for the longest running, judged model ships and boats contest in the nation! Meet modelers, watch demonstrations, vote for your favorite model and more. Watch for details here as they become available!