Museum Field Trips

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s Education Department welcomes all people to connect with our waterways through inclusive and engaging programming. We offer a wide variety of formal and informal educational programs for youth, homeschool, scout and school groups.

Education Visits Include
  • One 45-minute program with an educator
  • A tour aboard the USS Cobia, our World War II submarine
  • Options for self-guided activities
  • Discounted admission for school, scout, homeschool and youth groups
Field Trip Pricing
  • Students (K-college): $6
  • Preschool students: $3
  • Teachers and aides: Free
  • Additional chaperones: $7

Additional discounts available for Manitowoc and Two Rivers schools. 

Scholarships and mini-grants are available through the All Hands on Deck Fund for groups that qualify. Contact the Education Department to apply for funding to support your bus or admission costs.

Education Programs

At the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, there is something for everyone! Explore the streets of old Manitowoc and learn about Wisconsin’s rich shipbuilding history. We have exquisite ship models, ship engines, interactives, children’s play areas and a real WWII Submarine!

Wisconsin’s Underwater Treasures

All Ages

This hands-on, interactive tour takes groups through Wisconsin’s history using shipwrecks. This program can be modified to be suitable for all ages.

Galleries Tour

All Ages

Join an educator for a tour through our galleries for an overview of Wisconsin’s maritime history. This program is customizable. Let us know what you would like us to focus on! Topics can include: shipbuilding, transportation, submarines and more!

Busy Boats

Preschool to Kindergarten

An interactive storytime for the museum’s littlest sailor

Aquatic Invaders

Elementary School

This hands-on program will ask students to move invasive species around the Great Lakes and see for themselves how these aquatic invaders have changed our watershed forever.

Underwater Robots

Elementary and Middle School

Learn about how remotely operated vehicles are used today in underwater research. Groups will built and test their own robot in water!

Maritime Jeopardy

Elementary and Middle School

In small teams, students will compete in this maritime-themed game.


Middle School

Learn how inventions in the past have changed maritime technology today.

World War II on the Homefront

Middle and High School

While troops were fighting overseas, life at home was radically changed. Using real artifacts and local stories, learn what life was like on the World War II homefront.

An Immigrant’s Journey

Elementary and Middle School

Learn about Wisconsin’s immigrant past using historic artifacts, primary sources and real story of family immigration.

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