Special Events

Events Schedule and Information

Members and employees of Corporate Fleet Members at Mackinaw level and above enjoy free museum admission and programs year round.  For more information on membership, view our membership information page.

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 $7 per person, plus regular admission for non-members. Space is limited so reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information call the Museum at (920) 684-0218.

Tour Dates:

Saturday, December 20th, 9:00am - Noon
Saturday, January 17th, 9:00am - Noon
Saturday, January 24th, 9:00am - Noon
Sunday, February 8th, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Saturday, February 24th, 9:00am - Noon
Sunday, March 1st, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Saturday, March 14th, 9:00am - Noon

Opening of Special Exhibit: River Bluffs Maritime Museum

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The front window exhibit area here at our museum is hosting a temporary exhibit from Iowa boat builder and award winning modeler Jeff Moses from mid-January through mid-May.  On display will be a unique collection that includes custom motor yacht models, racing sailboat half models, Chris Craft classic speed boat models, Mercury outboard models, and much more. Jeff will be here in person on Saturday and Sunday to talk with visitors about his mobile maritime museum. Stop in for a look and friendly conversation!

Commercial Fishing on the Great Lakes: Past & Present

Saturday, January 24, 2015  1:00 p.m.

Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant Fisheries Outreach Specialist, will provide a clear understanding of how and why challenges have occurred in Lake Michigan's commercial fishing industry. Enjoy a "fishy treat" during this informative talk!

Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015 2014, 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).

This session is fully booked. The next session will be in November 2015.

Girls Make History Day

Sunday, April 12, 2015,  1:00 - 3:30

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is hosting another fun, educational afternoon filled with maritime-themed activities for young girls (grades 2-5). This year's theme is "Girls Shining the Light and Girls Leading the Way!"

This year participants will rotate through four activity stations before finishing the afternoon off with an afternoon tea party for girls, their dolls, and an adult. The tea party will include tea, pink lemonade, and a light snack.

Cost: $7.00 per person

Space is limited for the tea so reservations are required. Call the museum at (920) 684-0218 to make reservations.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, May 2nd 2015 as we remember the 86 crewmen of USS Lagarto on the 70th anniversary of her loss. Lagarto was built in Manitowoc and 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.

39th Annual Midwestern Model Ships & Boats Contest and Display

Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, 2015

Modelers from throughout the United States will fill the museum’s Riverview Room with exquisite models for the weekend.  Details will be added as plans are made. Please check back for more information and view our page dedicated to the contest here. You can also view a slideshow from our 2014 event here.

The 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Normandy: a first-person account

Saturday, June 6, 2015  1 p.m.

Joseph Trader, retired Orthopedic Surgeon, will share highlights of his fascinating experience as a 2014 attendee at the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Normandy. He was one of 200,000, including the leaders of most of the nations in the world. He will explore the reason we remember the Normandy invasion more than any other WWII battle or other battle in history and will also discuss the significance of WWII in world history.

Dr.Trader’s interest in history, and WWII in particular, began at a young age as the son of a WWII veteran. During his career as a surgeon, he was honored to learn the personal war stories of many other veterans. Trader served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. Trader has been a member of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum since 1978. He is also a charter member of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.