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!

Boats & Books SALE!

December 5th - 6th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Model Ships, used books, and prints for sale!

*Over 50 ship models from the collection of Lester Wilkins, author of the book How to Build Plastic Ship Models, will be available for purchase.

*A large selection of Maritime themed used books.

*A small selection of Maritime Prints will also be on sale this weekend only!

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

  • December 6th
  • January 24th
  • February 14th
  • February 28th
  • March 6th

Christmas Tree Ship Celebration

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Celebrate Christmas in a nautical way!   Watch Mrs. Claus arrive at 9:30 a.m. by fish tug with Christmas trees. Then come inside and get your photo taken with Santa! Carolers, crafts and storytelling also make this a special free community day at the museum. Thanks to Drumm's Tree Farm, McMullen & Pitz Construction Company, and Susie Q Fish Company for their support!

Raising the Mystery Ship ALVIN CLARK

Saturday, January 16, 2016   1:00 p.m.

Shipwrecked in the waters of Green Bay during a storm in 1864, the Alvin Clark was discovered a little over a century later in pristine condition and brought to the surface by divers in 1969.

Raising the schooner was a massive endeavor and the story of the aftermath is tragically interesting. Hear about it first hand from one of the original dive team members, Richard Bennett.

Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016  9:30 - Noon

 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 

Space is limited to 40 Brownies, so call right away to register:  920-684-0218 and ask for Karen (extension 105).

Discoveries of the Shipwreck Hunter: David Trotter

Saturday, April 9, 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 80+ Great Lakes shipwrecks. Through his organization, Undersea Research Associates, he presents visual underwater time capsules of marine history. David will present two programs today.

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

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.

$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! Stay tuned 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.