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 and the four maritime communities of Port Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Two Rivers.

Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, April 23, 2016   9:00-11:00 a.m.

Do you love our local beaches? You can help clean them and make a difference in our community! Our spring beach clean-up, organized by Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed, is happening on Saturday, April 23rd from 9-11 a.m. Call or email Kim Kettner at 920-242-1993 or kkettnerm@gmail.com to get signed up for a beach! You just need garden gloves and walking shoes. All other supplies are provided.

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.

Wisconsin Premier of "Heroes on Deck:WWII on Lake Michigan"

Saturday, May 7th

Doors open at 6:30. Movie starts at 7:00 pm

More than 100 WWII aircraft rest on the bottom of Lake Michigan. This is the story of how they got there.
Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7:00 pm followed by a Q&A with the Producer.
Admission is just $5 and popcorn and a cash bar will be available.



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.

USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club Event

Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 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 during the annual International Museum Ship's Afloat Weekend. 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!

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!