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.

Featured Exhibit: March Women's History Pop-Up Exhibit--Ladies of the Lake

In celebration of Women's History Month, learn about the women that have shaped Great Lakes maritime history at this special month-long exhibit. From the strong women on the lake shores to the brave female captains who sailed the lakes, celebrate women at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum this month. 


Family Activity Night: Night at the Museum

March 19, 6:30-8 pm

We’re staying open late for a special Manitowoc Public Library Family Activity Night. Register on the library website for this free night of family-friendly fun!

Healthy Watersheds: Coastal Wetlands and the Little Manitowoc River

March 23, 1-3 pm

Join a discussion about the importance of coastal wetlands and learn about the Little Manitowoc River Restoration Project. Hosted by Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed. Free event featuring Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant and Jim Kettler, Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership.

USS Cobia’s 75th Commissioning Celebration

March 29, all day

Join us for a celebratory slice of cake as we toast our beloved submarine on the 75th anniversary of her commissioning.

Free with admission.

Boat Yoga

March 30, 10-11 am

This family-friendly yoga class is meant for adults and their littlest sailors. Join the museum and Balance on Buffalo for this boat-themed yoga adventure.

$5/child, adults are free.

Saturday Learning Series: Captaining the USS Denis Sullivan

March 30, 11 am-12 pm

Even today, there are few female captains on the Great Lakes. Help the museum welcome Captain Tiffany Krihwan at this presentation on her journey to becoming the renowned captain of S/V Denis Sullivan.

$5 per person, free for members.

Healthy Watersheds: A Healthy Watershed is a Forested Watershed

April 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed invites you to this free program featuring Olivia Witthun, Regional Urban Forestry Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Kendra Kelling, Projects and Programming Director, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, as they present the role of urban forests in healthy watersheds and provide updates on the campaign Restore Our Trees in Sheboygan.

Lakeshore Beach Cleanup with Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed

May 4  Starting at 9:00 a.m.

Join a team to help pick up litter and marine debris from local beaches. All supplies are provided. Please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly! Stay as long as your schedule will permit. Most beaches are cleaned in less than 2 hours. To get connected with a beach team,call Kim at 920-242-1993.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 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 17-19, 2019 (Modelers) and May 18 - 19, 2019 (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. Download registration materials here.

Sensory Friendly Morning

May 25, 8-9 a.m.

Geared towards families and children with disabilities, our Sensory Friendly Mornings provide a safe and engaging space for all. These mornings welcome visitors with disabilities to explore our exhibits and submarine in a comfortable and accepting environment. 

Sensory Friendly Mornings are free with advance registration here: 

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday evenings Memorial Day - Labor Day.

Check out the Sub Pub page for more info for our midweek, evening, summer bars with a view! (some cancellations due to weather and private events, check the schedule in the link)

USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club Event

Saturday and Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019

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 as part of the International Museum Ship's Afloat weekend. 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!

$4 on the 4th!

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

Click here for more details!

Haunted Sub & Pub!

Save the Dates! October 18 & 19, 2019

Join us for a haunted submarine experience aboard our WW II submarine USS Cobia! Our haunted tours will take place October 18th - 19th 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.

New this year, Haunted Sub Overnight on Saturday, October 19th! More details to come!

Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day: Fall 2019

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, November 2nd 9:30 - Noon OR 1:00 - 3:30


Christmas Tree Ship Celebration & Community Day

Save the Date!

Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:00 am—4:00 pm 

Join us for a day filled with Christmas fun!

  • Meet Santa!