Daytime Group Tour Information

Groups Are Always Welcome

Experience Great Lakes maritime history at the largest maritime museum in the Midwest and the first Smithsonian Affiliate in Wisconsin. Take a guided tour of USS Cobia, the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine; learn even more about the everyday of life of the Cobia crew in our newest exhibit USS Cobia Below the Surface: Submarine Simulation Experience; operate a triple-expansion steam engine; stroll the streets of a historic Great Lakes port; scan the harbor through a periscope; explore some of the spectacular boats made in Wisconsin; and think like a scientist in our Suspect Species Investigation Lab!

Scouting groups, check out our Scouting Advancement section to see what you can work on while here!

Group Tour Brochure (PDF)

Group Tour Admission Rates

Please note: this is for adult bus groups, all youth and school groups, look for SCHOOL/CHILDCARE CENTER TOUR INFORMATION on our Teachers' Preparation information page.

Reduced rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Please reserve your group tour at least TWO WEEKS in advance.  Check our online calendar to ensure there are no other groups already touring the time your group wishes to visit. To schedule your tour, contact Mike at 920-684-0218 x 106.

Group Tour Rate:

  • $10 – Adult
  • $6 – Child (ages 4-12)
  • If applicable, tour escort and bus driver are free

Planning Your Visit

For groups of 50 participants or less, plan to spend at least 2 ½ hours at the museum. Groups of 50 or larger should plan to spend at least 3 hours at the museum. Each Cobia tour lasts about 45 minutes, plus a few minutes to gather and disperse. Each tour can only accommodate about 20 people per tour, so groups larger than 20 should plan how to split into evenly divided smaller groups ahead of time according to your group size. Tours need at least 15 minutes between starting times to allow proper stagger starting. A typical group of 45 will be broken up into 2 Cobia tours, which will finish around 1 hour and 15 minutes after your arrival. Groups are then encouraged to view the Museum which will take another 30 to 60 minutes, plus a final 15 minute stop at the Museum store and return to the bus.

Please preview the Confirmation Sheet to have pertinent information ready. (Credit card number is typically not needed during the booking process)

Arrival and Your Visit

  • Please confirm your reservation and final attendance numbers by calling the Museum at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. Please inform us of any changes or special needs.
  • Payment is due upon arrival. The Museum requires one payment for the entire group. Please make checks payable to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are also accepted.
  • Please arrive on time. If your group will be arriving more than 10 minutes late, please inform the Museum's reception desk by calling our toll free number, 866-724-2356 x 101 or 920-684-0218 x 101.
  • Have the group leader check in at the reception desk before unloading passengers.
  • Passengers may be dropped off in the unloading zone in front of the museum.
  • Complimentary bus parking is located in the north or east parking lots.

Looking to save some time on your bus tour? Pending availability, some of our conference spaces are available for extra large groups to have lunch. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum has a list of suggested caterers that can be found in our Preferred Caterers section.


  • Please inform the museum as soon as possible regarding your group’s special needs. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum itself is fully accessible, however, the submarine, USS COBIA is not fully accessible due to its standing as a National Historic Landmark. Therefore, it has only been slightly modified. The Museum has a small number of wheelchairs available to those who require use of them. Please let us know in advance if your group wishes to reserve these.
  • Check out accessibility options.

Museum Store

  • We also invite your group to visit Pier 75, our Museum Store. It is conveniently located beside the reception desk at the front of the museum. Pier 75 is stocked with a wide variety of unique maritime treasures which make for excellent souvenirs of your visit.

Once again, thank you for planning your visit with the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. We are looking forward to serving your group!