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: "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.

Smithsonian Day Live!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

If you’re not a member of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum you have the opportunity to gain free admission for this special day only by downloading a ticket from  www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets/ after August 1st.

Special, family-friendly presentations for the day:

Author Sandy Johnson will help you learn how Rock Island, the Rock Island Passage and the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin became the gateway to trade and settlement of the Wisconsin Territory and would eventually become a beautiful and inspiring state park.  Author, Sandy Johnson, a retired Green Bay teacher and living history re-enactor  shares this true story by using history, poetry, music and art in her children's book, Wisconsin's Rock Island - Images in Paintings and Verse.

Living history re-enactor Carl Johnson is a retired high school social studies and environmental studies educator.  He has been a living history re-enactor for more than thirty years with a strong interest in the fur trade history of the Great Lakes.  The focus of his presentation will be to assume the persona of an 18th Century voyageur and use living history as a tool to describe the life and culture of the French Canadian canoe men, known as voyageurs, and their role in the maritime history of the lakes region.

11:30-12:30 Book signing Wisconsin's Rock Island - Images in Paintings and Verse with Sandy Johnson in the museum store

12:30-1:30 French Canadian voyageur program with Carl Johnson in the Riverview Room

1:45-2:45 Rock Island Lighthouse presentation with Sandy Johnson in the Riverview Room

2:45-3:45 Hands-on demonstrations about voyageur life and food, beads and bartering with Sandy and Carl in the Riverview Room


Haunted Sub & Pub!

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. Are you brave enough to discover what lurks beneath the surface at night?

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.

This is a behind the scenes look at a World War II submarine. These smaller tours will last approximately three hours and will give guests a chance to see areas of the submarine not seen on normal tours. This special tour will include ladders and smaller spaces and you must be 16 or older to participate. The cost is $15 per person, plus regular admission for non-members. A free bottle of Torpedo Juice (non-alcoholic) is included for a mid-tour break in the Crew's Mess. Space is limited so reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information call Mike at (920) 684-0218 ext 106.

Tour Dates: This year's tours are all on Sundays at 1:00 p.m.

  • November 1st
  • November 15th
  • December 6th
  • January 24th
  • February 14th
  • February 28th
  • March 6th

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 20, 2016 - Morning session only)

40th Annual Midwestern Model Ships & Boats Contest and Display

May 20th-22nd, 2016  (Modelers) and May 21st-22nd (Public) Please join us for our 40th anniversary of 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 for modelers will be available in early 2016.