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 Exhibits: "Treasures of NOAA's Ark" and "Wisconsin's Underwater Treasures"

Treasures of NOAA's Ark features artifacts representing all areas of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) including themes of history, navigation, weather, and fisheries. This exhibit will be in place through April 17, 2016.

Wisconsin's Underwater Treasures, a companion exhibit, highlights shipwrecks of the mid-lake region of Lake Michigan and the four maritime communities of Port Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Two Rivers.

Follow this link to see updates on activities related to these companion exhibits!

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.

  • February 14th
  • February 28th
  • March 6th

Saturday Learning Series: Wetlands Matter

Saturday, January 30, 2016   1 p.m.

Do you own wetlands? Are your wetlands healthy? Why do we need wetlands? Learn how to identify if you have wetlands on your property, what different wetland types are found in Wisconsin, and actions you can take to help maintain and improve Wisconsin wetlands. Thanks to Wisconsin Wetland Association and LNRP for program support. Program is $5 or free with museum membership.

Saturday Learning Series: Aerial Shipwreck Discoveries on Rawley Point

Shipwreck LaSalle photo credit Wisconsin Historical Society

Saturday, February 6, 2016 1:00 p.m.  

A co-presentation by Two Rivers' resident and ultralight pilot, Suzze Johnson, and Wisconsin Historical Society's Maritime Archaeologist, Tamara Thomsen about five new shipwrecks recently discovered from the air. Suzze Johnson and Tamara Thomsen's unique collaboration of discovery and identification began in 2013. Suzze will discuss challenges and inspiration gained from flying over the coastline of Manitowoc County and Tamara will identify, tell the histories, and explain the importance of these amazing shipwreck discoveries. Their partnership has lead to the nomination of each of these historically significant shipwrecks to the State and National Register of Historic Places. Free with museum membership or museum admission or $5 for program only without admission to museum galleries.



Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016  9:30 - Noon (FULL) & 1:00 - 3:30 (FULL)

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: $5 per Brownie 

All Sessions are FULL!

Saturday Learning Series: Exploring the Ice Age Trail

Saturday, February 27, 2016  1 p.m.

Staff from the Ice Age Trail Alliance will lead a workshop that includes a brief overview of the IATA, the Trail and some basic geological formations; first hand stories from a local “1000-Miler” and her adventures along the way; actions you can take to get involved with the Ice Age Trail Alliance; trail resources to help with your Trail adventures. Did you know that a portion of The Ice Age Trail is located just to the east of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum?

The program is free with museum admission or membership or $5 for the workshop without admission to museum galleries.  Thanks to Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership for their support of this workshop.

Saturday Learning Series: Birds of the Lake Michigan Shoreline

Saturday, March 19, 2016  1 p.m.

Join Dr. Charles Sontag and Jim Knickelbine of Woodland Dunes Nature Center for an informative and enjoyable discussion of some of our area's most interesting bird species, how to identify them, where to find them, and how to improve their stopover habitats. $5 program fee or free with museum membership.

Discoveries of the Shipwreck Hunter: David Trotter

Saturday, April 2, 2016

David Trotter is a renowned shipwreck discoverer, deep diver, author, lecturer and photographer. In over 20 years of diving, he has been the first to locate, identify and document 90+ Great Lakes shipwrecks. Through his organization, Undersea Research Associates, he presents visual underwater time capsules of marine history. David will present two programs today. There is a $5 program fee or the program is free with museum admission or membership.

1:00 p.m. Titans Clash: The story of the loss and discovery of the 434’ Frank H Goodyear…the event that changed Great Lakes Maritime history.

3:00 p.m. Two Ships Frozen in Time: Two ships lost, including the amazing H.P. Bridge, the most intact Barkentine schooner found in the Great Lakes. With an intact figurehead, a stove hat from the 1860s…truly a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 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.

40th Annual Midwestern Model Ships & Boats Contest and Display

May 20th-22nd, 2016  (Modelers) and May 21st-22nd (Public) Please join us for our 40th anniversary of the longest running, judged model ships and boats contest in the nation! Meet modelers, watch demonstrations, vote for your favorite model and more. Registration materials for modelers will be available in early 2016.

NEW! "Cobia After Hours" tours

These "adults only" tours will take place on select Thursday evenings in summer, starting at 7:00 p.m. The groups are limited to 15 people and you must be 21 or older. The tour will be led by the Submarine Curator and will focus on detailed events, the loss of Ralph Huston, Jr, and comical moments aboard Cobia. Due to time and content, many of these stories are not shared on the regular daytime tours, so this is your chance to learn the juicy details! Following the tour, participants can relax on the tour deck and enjoy a free Torpedo Juice cocktail, with an option to purchase more from a limited cash bar. The tour guide will also have an opportunity to share other stories of interest from other submarines. Reservations are required.

The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for museum members (includes a free drink at the end of the tour)

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Karen Duvalle are kduvalle@wisconsinmaritime.org or call 866-724-2356 ext 105.


Tour Dates (Thursdays at 7:00 pm):

June 23rd

July 14th

July 21st

August 4th

August 11th


NEW! Cobia "Life at Sea" tours

This tour will take place every day at 2:45 in the afternoon during our summer season (July & August). It will focus on what life was like for the crew and feature stories from Cobia’s war patrols. Not a “gear-head?” Then this tour is for you! Learn more about the living conditions, food and downtime, accidents on board, battle stories, and prisoners of war. This tour is perfect for those who want to hear more stories and less of the tech aspects of submarines. Space is limited so reservations are required and are only allowed the day of the tour, by calling ahead or visiting our admissions desk. There is no additional cost for this tour.

$4 on the Fourth!

July 4th, 2016

Museum admission is $4 all day and self-guided submarine tours! There is also a wide variety of activities happening around the museum including, craft vendors, music, food tents, etc. And of course fireworks at night!

July 8-10, 2016

Three days of live entertainment, food, vendors, water ski show, self-guided submarine tours, movies, kids activities, educational programs, and much more! Check out the Subfest page for more information!

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? Check back later for more details!

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.

Manitowoc County Community Day

Saturday, October 29th 9:00 – 5:00

$5 admission all day for Manitowoc County Residents!

The sub will be decorated for Haunted Sub so enjoy a kid-friendly walk through the sub with treat stops. There will also be additional Halloween-themed activities in the museum galleries. Stay tuned for more details!

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