Temporary Exhibits & Displays

A black and white photo of a long ship called ADRIATIC. The ship has two masts and an old self unloading bucket arm.

The Tiny Art Show 

November 17, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Just in time for the Holidays, the Lakeshore Artists Guild in partnership with the Wisconsin Maritime Museum presents the Tiny Art Show!  Each work of art cannot exceed 6 inches in size, and features a variety of media, styles, and concepts that will be for sale at reasonable prices. Sometimes good things do come in small sizes!

Towers of Power

January 2023 – January 2024

Towers of Power represents over 100 years of Midwestern marine design and engineering.  Over 50 outboard motors are on display and represent only a fraction of the 400+ outboard motors in the Wisconsin Maritime Museum Collection. The majority of the collection was amassed by Orlin C. Johnson (1924-2002) of Staunton, Illinois. Johnson was a champion bass fisherman and he built a substantial and well documented collection, including some of the earliest examples of outboard motors known.

Great Lakes Lore and Legends

The Great Lakes have had a major impact on the cultures and traditions of the different people living along its shorelines for thousands of years. Specifically, the oral traditions that have origins in these lakes have created a sense of mystery and legend surrounding the shores. This exhibit takes a closer look at some of these legendary stories. 

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