Explore Our History

Collections, Archives, and Research

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Explore our online collection of historic images available for reproduction.

Research Requests 

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum welcomes scholars, boat builders and ship modelers, students, and the general public to access our significant collection of blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other reference materials

Home to over 100,000 historic artifacts, photographs, works of art, and documents, the Museum preserves the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region from the initial settlement of American Indians to today. Through our collection, we document the lives and stories of all who called the Great Lakes home.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum also acts as an official repository for retrieved submerged cultural resources like shipwreck artifacts.


The Museum collects historical items that tell the story of Wisconsin and Great Lakes maritime history.

Digital Collections
Other Online Resources
Scope of Collections

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum collects shipwreck artifacts, historic vessels, prints, photographs, archival materials, manuscripts, blueprints, paintings, and material culture related to the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin’s World War II submarines and USS Cobia.  


Check out The Anchor, the Museum’s quarterly publication of Wisconsin’s Maritime History.

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Help Preserve Our Maritime History