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.

Special Exhibit: River Bluffs Maritime Museum

On display through June, 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.  The exhibit is 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, April 18th and weather permitting, will run one of his radio controlled boats in the Manitowoc River.

New Temporary Exhibit: "Treasures of NOAA's Ark and Wisconsin's Underwater Treasures"

This exhibit features artifacts representing all areas of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) including themes of history, navigation, weather, and fisheries.  It also highlights shipwrecks of the mid-lake region of Lake Michigan.

Follow this link to see updates on activities related to this exhibit, which will be in place through October.

The Whaleback Era

Saturday, March 28, 2015   1 p.m.

Peter Hirthe, president of the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, will provide a fascinating look back at the era when these unique vessels steamed on the waters of the Great Lakes. His program is developed from the extensive archives of the Great Lakes Marine Collection housed at the Milwaukee Public Library. Free with museum membership or admission. $5 for program only without admission to the museum galleries.

Free Water for Your Garden: Rain Barrel and Rain Garden Workshop

Wednesday, April 8, 2015  6:00-7:30 p.m.

Learn aesthetic, cost effective ways to slow storm water down with rain barrels and rain gardens. Jessica Schultz, director of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance in Appleton, will offer participants all the information they need to create their own rain gardens to slow runoff from storms and keep our creeks, streams and rivers cleaner.  Using rain barrels to catch and store rainfall, residents can access free water for their gardens and again help reduce pollution from runoff in our region’s waterways and ultimately Lake Michigan. Participants will have the opportunity to win two hand-painted rain barrels at the end of the presentation.

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 “Diving into the World of Water.” Get a chance to meet Channel 2 meteorologist Jenny Curtiss and find out how she became an atmospheric scientist on TV! Talk with maritime archeologist Caitlin Zant to learn how you can become a Great Lakes diver!

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 are now available on 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.

Classic WW II Submarine Movies, "Up Periscope" Art Exhibit from the US Navy, 8 weeks of programs and events!

Check back soon for details!

Haunted Submarine!

October 30th & 31st, 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 30th & 31st from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Find out what happens aboard the sub when the lights go out…

May not be suitable for children under 10.

Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015 2014, 9:30 - Noon OR  1:00 - 3:30

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).

(The next session will be in February 2016)