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.

ROV Summer Camp! NEW this year!


When:  Camp takes place on the following weekends:

July 16-17           July 30-31

 Saturday, 9-4   Sunday, 12-5

Who:  for students ages 12-14        Cost: $50

What will you do?

· Work in a small team to build and pilot an ROV (remotely operated vehicle).

· Participate in activities related to physics, engineering, underwater archaeology, and forensic science.

· Work with our local FIRST Robotics Competition teams STEMpunk and Droid Rage for a fun, interactive experience!

 Weather permitting, the camp experience will include a trip out onto Lake Michigan in order to view shipwrecks in the proposed NOAA National Marine Sanctuary.



NEW! Cobia "Life at Sea" tours

This tour will take place every day at 2:45 in the afternoon during our summer season (July & August). It will focus on what life was like for the crew and feature stories from Cobia’s war patrols. Not a “gear-head?” Then this tour is for you! Learn more about the living conditions, food and downtime, accidents on board, battle stories, and prisoners of war. This tour is perfect for those who want to hear more stories and less of the tech aspects of submarines. Space is limited so reservations are required and are only allowed the day of the tour, by calling ahead or visiting our admissions desk. There is no additional cost for this tour.

NEW! "Cobia After Hours" tours

These "adults only" tours will take place on select Thursday evenings in summer, starting at 7:00 p.m. The groups are limited to 15 people and you must be 21 or older. The tour will be led by the Submarine Curator and will focus on detailed events, the loss of Ralph Huston, Jr, and comical moments aboard Cobia. Due to time and content, many of these stories are not shared on the regular daytime tours, so this is your chance to learn the juicy details! Following the tour, participants can relax on the tour deck and enjoy a free Torpedo Juice cocktail, with an option to purchase more from a limited cash bar. The tour guide will also have an opportunity to share other stories of interest from other submarines. Reservations are required.

The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for museum members (includes a free drink at the end of the tour)

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Karen Duvalle are kduvalle@wisconsinmaritime.org or call 866-724-2356 ext 105.


Tour Dates (Thursdays at 7:00 pm):

August 4th

August 11th


Cigar Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 10, 2015

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Master cigar roller Pablo Romay will be arriving from Florida to roll cigars available for purchase. Also, Joey DiSalvo from Latrobe, Pennsylvania will be a guest speaker. For $120 per person, each attendee will receive three cigars, free craft beer (cash bar available), a self guided tour of Museum, guided tour of USS Cobia, and heavy hors d' oeuvres.

Full Moon Paddle and Beach Cleanup

Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2016

These events are led by Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed. On Friday night we’ll paddle from Schuette Park kayak launch to the YMCA beach to celebrate our river under a full moon. On Saturday morning we’ll help take care of our local beaches with a beach clean-up event. We hope many people can join us for both events! Watch here for updates!

Haunted Sub & Pub!

October 28-29, 2016 * 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 28th & 29th from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Are you brave enough to discover what lurks beneath the surface at night? Check back later for more details!

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.

Manitowoc County Community Day

Saturday, October 29th 9:00 – 5:00

$5 admission all day for Manitowoc County Residents!

The sub will be decorated for Haunted Sub so enjoy a kid-friendly walk through the sub with treat stops. There will also be additional Halloween-themed activities in the museum galleries. Stay tuned for more details!

"Treat Street" will also be taking place at downtown businesses! Enjoy a fun Halloween themed day in downtown Manitowoc!

USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club Event

Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13, 2016

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 Veterans Day. This provides a means to remember and pay honor to veterans of all nations.  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!

May 19th-21st, 2017  (Modelers) and May 20th-21st (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. Watch for details here as they become available!