Birthday Parties

Birthday parties at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum are always a blast! Whether your child and their friends are taking a tour of our World War II submarine USS Cobia, splashing around in the waterways room, or building ROV’s to test out in water, they are certainly going have a good time.






Add Ons

To reserve your birthday party today, please fill out the inquiry form on the birthday party page. Once your form is submitted Education & Engagement Coordinator Emily Shedal will contact you regarding your inquiry. Please register at least four weeks in advance. Reservations will not be accepted less than two weeks before the party date. If you have any specific questions about reservations contact Emily at or (920)684-0219.

Birthday Party FAQ’s

Can I host my party after hours?
You may host your event after hours but you will be subject to an extra fee.

Can we use a caterer?
Yes, we offer a list of fantastic caterers!

Are both adults and children counted toward the total number of guests?
Yes, both children and adults count toward the total number of guests.

Can I invite more than 24 guests?
You may invite more than 24 people. There is an extra fee of $6 per child and $7 per adult. Please try to have an accurate count for how many will be attending so staff can plan accordingly. 
Some of my guests are members at the Museum.

Do we still include them in the guest count?
All adults and children attending the party (are in the room, participate in the activity, etc.) do count towards your final guest count regardless of if they are members or not. 

Can we bring our own food?
You may bring your own store bought food and drinks.

Can I decorate myself?
Decorations are included with First Mate and Captain Packages. You will be allowed 30 minutes before and after the party starts for setup and clean up for Sailor level packages.

Can I arrive early?
Yes. You may arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled rental time for set up.

Am I responsible for set-up and clean-up of the party space?
Only for Sailor package. Themed parties are handled by Museum staff.

Can I stay late?
The room will no longer be available 30 minutes following the party end time.

Is there a place to store or refrigerate my dessert?
Yes. Please check with the front desk staff upon arrival.

What equipment will you provide?
We will provide tables, chairs, and audio and visual equipment.


Available themes for themed parties include:

Mad Scientist
Recommended for Ages 7-13
Kids will make elephant toothpaste or bath bombs to take home.

United States Navy
Recommended for Ages 5-13
Birthday party goers will learn about USS Cobia on a private guided tour.
*This is the only package which includes a submarine tour.

Under the Sea
Recommended for Ages 8-13
Birthday party goers will learn about underwater robots, build them and test them.
*Limit 20 children.

Recommended for Ages 5-10
Kids will go on a treasure hunt in the museum or make an exploding treasure chest (does not actually explode).

Mermaid Tales
Recommended for Ages 5-10
Kids will make mermaid slime to take home. 


Non- Member

Members or Active Military


Includes: 2 Hour Room Rental & 45-Minute Educational Program Chosen from the Themes Above


First Mate

Includes: 2 Hour Room Rental, 45-Minute Educational Program, Themed Decorations and Gift Bags



Includes: 2 Hour Room Rental, 45-Minute Educational Program, Themed Decorations and Gift Bags, Two Dozen Cupcakes, Photo Props, Pizza Party with Lemonade, Personalized Invites


A Wisconsin Maritime Museum birthday party includes museum admission for 24 people, two hour room rental, and a 45-minute program led by a museum educator.

Add- On Options

Private Submarine Tour for 24 People – $40 

 30 Minutes of Private Time in Waterways Room or Little Lakefarers Room – $25

 Additional Education Program – $40

Extra Time in Rented Room – $30 per hour

Private Time in Theater – $30 per hour

Extra Honoree  $15
(Celebrating multiple children’s birthdays)

Pizza Party – $40
(Includes 4 Large Pizzas and 2 Pitchers of Lemonade) 

Extra Party Guest (max. 15) – $6 Child/ $7 Adult

Gift Bags – $4 per bag
(from themes listed above)

After hours party – $50

Additional Information 

A deposit of $50 is due 2-weeks after the booking is confirmed.

Available Discounts
Wisconsin Maritime Museum members and active military get a 10% discount on birthday parties.

Dropping Off Children
At the discretion of the party host, guests of the birthday child may be dropped off. A caretaker must sign the child in and out of the party and leave an emergency contact.

Supervision & Safety
The party host family is responsible for the supervision and safety of all children. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum recommends 1 adult per 4 kids. No child should be left unattended.

Permitted decorations include tablecloths, table-toppers, centerpieces and party favors. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum does not allow piñatas, silly string or hanging decorations on the wall or ceiling.

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