We’re interested in your maritime history!

Think those coveralls your grandpa wore on while working on the coal delivery dock aren’t museum-worthy? Think again! Wondering what to do with your grandmother’s old typewriter from her days at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company? There may be a place for it right here at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

The Museum is currently seeking and actively collecting artifacts, letters, and memorabilia pertaining to the everyday lives of Wisconsinites. Some examples are work-related objects from dock and shipbuilding employees and personal materials that reflect life in a port city or on the Great Lakes. We are particularly interested in material culture pertaining to typically underrepresented peoples including women and people of color.

We also accept artifacts recovered from submerged cultural resources (shipwrecks!) prior to 1988.

If you have something that might be of interest to the Museum, please fill out the contact form below. Photographic attachments are strongly encouraged.

Guest services staff cannot accept any donations at the front desk.

  1. Can you appraise/tell me the value of my object/art?
  • For legal and ethical reasons, the Museum cannot appraise or authenticate objects. Below are resources to find an appraiser near you.

American Society of Appraisers

Appraisers Association of America

International Society of Appraisers

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