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.

New Exhibit: A Pig Boat and a Hog: The Story of the USS Lagarto.

Why is there a 1942 Harley Davidson in the front window of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum?  Discover the incredible connection between a Wisconsin-built submarine and a Wisconsin-built motorcycle. Our new exhibit retells the heroic voyage USS Lagarto and her captain and crew, and dives deeper into history with the daring team of divers who added another chapter to her story.

Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day: Fall 2018

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 3rd 9:30 - Noon OR 1:00 - 3:30


Thursday, November 8th from 5:30 - 7:30

Share Your Voice! Statewide Public Forum Series to Create a New Wisconsin History Museum

You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as we seek to create a 21st Century statewide history museum on the Capitol Square that connects and tells the story of all Wisconsinites.

Your participation will inspire conversations and create connections across the state as exhibit design plans for a new, modern Wisconsin history museum progress. Now is the time to share your voice and be a part of this rare opportunity to celebrate and honor Wisconsin.

5:30 pm - Doors Open (light refreshments provided)
6:00 pm - Welcome and introduction to the new museum project
6:30 pm - Share your feedback on a new statewide history museum

This public forum is free and open to everyone, advanced registration is preferred!

Let us know you will be there!

This event is co-hosted by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and Manitowoc County Historical Society.

Statewide Engagement Flyer (PDF)

USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club Event

Saturday and Sunday, November 10-11, 2018

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!

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: Tours are held on select dates in November through February.

Winter 2018-2019 season, Sundays at 1 PM

November 4th

November 18th

December 9th

January 20th

February 10th

February 24th



Christmas Tree Ship Celebration & Community Day

Saturday, December 8th 9:00 am—4:00 pm 

Join us for a day filled with Christmas fun! More information coming soon!

  • Self-guided Submarine tours with Cobia Re-enactors
  • Cookie decoration sponsored by Verve Credit Union
  • Meet Santa!

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.

$4 on the 4th!

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