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. This exhibit features new interactive kiosks and broader selection of artifacts from culturally significant shipwrecks in the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary!



Heritage Day with S/V Denis Sullivan!


Schedule: Thursday, 17 August 2017

1:00pm | Sanctuary Stories: An interpretive, guided tour of Wisconsin's Underwater Treasures Gallery with museum educator Sandee O'Connell (admission req'd).

1:00-4:00pm | On Shore Education features the US Coast Guard, Manitowoc Fire-Rescue Boats, and Maritime Divers (Along Riverwalk, FREE).

2:00-3:30pm | Shipwreck Spotlight: A survey of key wrecks in the proposed National Marine Sanctuary with Maritime Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

2:00-6:00pm | S/V Denis Sullivan arrives, public deck tours (Along Riverwalk, FREE).

4:00pm | Sanctuary Stories: An interpretive, guided tour of Wisconsin's Underwater Treasures Gallery with museum educator Sandee O'Connell (admission req'd).

4:00-6:00pm | Dockside Concert & Lecture w/ Tom Kastle (Along Riverwalk, FREE)

6:00-8:00pm | S/V Denis Sullivan Sunset Sail (Ticketed, Limited Space)

6:30-8:30pm | Sub Pub Concert w/ Tom Kastle (Roof Deck Bar, FREE).

Skyline Princess Tours

Tours will take visitors up the river to where 28 submarines were built in Manitowoc during World War II, around old shipyards and the maritime businesses still operating, including the Burger Boat Company along the Manitowoc River. The tour will then take passengers out on Lake Michigan into the area being considered for a NOAA National Marine Sanctuary. The proposed sanctuary is focused on the many shipwrecks and stories of Lake Michigan off Manitowoc’s shore.

For private charter information, please contact Mike Johnson, 920-684-0218 ext 106.

Public cruises will be available Labor Day weekend.

Date                                     Time                      Theme

Sept 2nd                              2 PM                      History

Sept 2nd                              6 PM                      ROV Science

Sept 3rd*($10 extra)      5:15 AM                Breakfast & History

Sept 3rd                               2 PM                      History

Sept 3rd                               6 PM                      History

Sept 4th                               2 PM                      History

History Cruise: goes up river to Burger Boat Co., then out to the Lake. 80 minutes

Breakfast Cruise: The History Cruise, finishing with Sunrise over the Lake. Breakfast from Wrap-It-Up. (*$10 for light breakfast wrap and beverage, optional). 80 Minutes

ROV Science Cruise: Lake only with a demo of a professional ROV diving on a shipwreck with a video feed back up to Skyline, just off Manitowoc’s coast. 80 Minutes

6 PM Cruises: Finish on the Lake with sunset over Manitowoc.

Standard Cruise Rates:

13 and older: $25

4-12 Years old: $15

3 and under: Free


Haunted Sub & Pub!

Save the Dates! October 27-28, 2017

Join us for a haunted submarine experience aboard our WW II submarine USS Cobia! Our haunted tours will take place October 27th & 28th from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Are you brave enough to discover what lurks beneath the surface at night?The cost is $8 per person and includes indoor waiting!

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.

USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club Event

Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12, 2017

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 in honor of Veteran's Day. 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!

Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day 2017

Saturday November 4th 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: $6 per Brownie 

Space is limited to 40 Brownies, so call right away to register: 920-374-4004  

Saturday, May 5, 2018 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.

May 18th - 20th, 2018 (Modelers) and May 19th - 20th (Public)

Please join us for 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 will be available closer to the event. Trouble downloading or printing? Call 920-242-4943 to ask for a printed copy sent by regular mail.





$4 on the 4th!

$4 admission all day on July 4th and self guided tours of USS Cobia!