Museum Updates Regarding COVID-19

Museum Update: February 2021

Museum Re-Opening Soon!
The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is reopening March 26, 2021! We will continue to follow the CDC guidelines to ensure our staff and visitors are safe and healthy. 

Also Open for Business:
The Riverview Room, our large community meeting space is available for rental for in-person events. Please call or email Karen Duvalle for room availability, pricing, and social distancing guidelines.

Sub Bnb overnight VIP experiences are taking place. Please visit our Airbnb listing to book this once in a lifetime experience.

Our collections staff is still considering and processing donations, conducting research, and taking care of our tens of thousands of items in our care. Please contact Registrar Hannah Patten for collections questions.

Virtual field trips can be booked at any time with our museum educators. Contact Shane Lee for a one on one engaging program with your classroom. A growing library of online resources are also available, as are a host of videos and activities.

Of course, our fundraising efforts and membership drives are still underway, and are more critical than ever, as we mitigate revenue losses from the pandemic. Click here to be a part of our Hold Fast campaign.

Much of our museum store is now online! So, there is no reason to miss out on a great selection of maritime books, clothing, and decor.

As we all find ways to navigate the pandemic, we will continue to look for innovative ways to connect with you. While we are closed, you can engage with maritime history using our online resources and keep checking our social media channels for more ways to stay involved with us.

Stay safe and we will see you soon!


Visitor Guidelines

The Museum will be abiding to the guidelines and regulations set by the state, federal, and local authorities and will follow all best practices concerning public health and social distancing.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19; however, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum cannot guarantee that you and your party will not be exposed if you choose to enter the property. The Wisconsin Museum assumes no liability for this potential exposure.

  • We have limited the capacity of our facility to ensure safe distancing.  This may result in asking some guests to return at a later time. This includes the museum and submarine. Please check our website or social media feeds before you leave your home.
  • While in the Museum, visitors are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth. Cloth and disposable masks are available for purchase at the gift shop.
  • USS Cobia will be open for guided tours in a way that minimizes time inside the submarine.  Tours are limited to 12 people, including the tour guide.  The number of tours per day are limited, please book ahead online to ensure availability. 
  • Visitors are expected to observe six-foot social distancing in the museum at all times.
  • Please respect signage around the museum, including social distancing markers and signage regarding maximum occupancy in exhibit areas.
  • Certain areas will closed, where it will be difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Currently, water fountains are not available. Water will be available for purchase in the museum store.
  • Restrooms are available to guests. The Museum cleans and disinfects bathrooms frequently.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available at entrance points and other common areas.
  • If you or someone in your party is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you may not enter.  If you believe you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, we ask that you do not visit at this time.

Please note these policies are subject to change without notice as the situation demands. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is committed to providing a safe environment and asks for your help in making this a great experience for everyone.

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Museum Updates Regarding COVID-19