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Wisconsin Maritime Museum

75 Maritime Dr, Manitowoc, WI 54220-6823
+1 920-684-0218
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Rich history and engaging exhibits (love this place!)

This a fun and educational attraction for families. My kids loved exploring this museum, and we... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
DawndotEarth
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Very informative visit

This is located in a beautiful building by the water. They have a great variety of displays... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Welcome to a great place to learn, play and explore the rich maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum offers visitors a unique place to spend hours learning about the sailors, shipbuilders and submariners who made that history, and to have some great family fun! Founded in 1970 as the Manitowoc Submarine Memorial Association, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum has grown into one of the largest maritime museums in the Midwest. In addition to commemorating the maritime heritage of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area and the submarines built here during World War II, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is now a leader in preserving the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.
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“uss cobia” (63 reviews)
“great lakes” (51 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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75 Maritime Dr, Manitowoc, WI 54220-6823
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+1 920-684-0218
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This a fun and educational attraction for families. My kids loved exploring this museum, and we also took a tour of the submarine outside. Everything here is fascinating and rich in local Great Lakes maritime history. I look forward to coming back over the years....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is located in a beautiful building by the water. They have a great variety of displays, including a submarine used in WWII, which can be toured. The displays were very informative and you could spend as much time and you wished at each one....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited during the Cobia's 75th anniversary event and we had a great time! I have been there before many times with my parents, but it was the first visit for my husband and 4 year old. We enjoyed the special events (especially the musical...More

Thank Dawn B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the history especially the sub tour, learned a lot, plus the kids loved the interactive water exhibit! Really nice museum!

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Wow! Didn’t even know this place existed. Attended for an overnight stay on the SS Cobia. We had three tour guides. Ben and Mary were outstanding! Knowledgeable and friendly with a sense of humor. We arrived about 7 pm and spent the evening touring the...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

I visited this past February with my son's Boy Scout Troop. The USS Cobia is docked in water next to the museum and is easily accessible via a series of gang planks. Before you board you can visit a little theater for some background. The...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Three of us, 59-68, toured the museum and the submarine. We we’re privileged to have a veteran submariner aboard who enhanced the tour guides details, along with a few stories of his own. A big thank you to Bob for his heroic service aboard the...More

Thank Don S
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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

I live in the area and had not visited the Maritime Museum in a number of years. I was pleasantly surprised by the improvements. Neat place! Would appeal to people that enjoy history and also people that enjoy nautical education. Kid-friendly, too!

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

We had heard about this place and were in Manitowoc for the Packer Game on Sunday. So on Monday we trekked to the Maritime Museum. What a great experience! Displays and explanations of the various shipwrecks in Lake Michigan. An actual mock-up of the command...More

Thank Daniel A
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

We almost missed this excellent museum. Sure glad we did not. We were waiting for the S. S. Badger Ferry and some time so we visited this museum. Very interesting history on the submarines that were built in Manitowoc. One is located outside the museum....More

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marcyceb
12 March 2018|
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Response from nelliestrate | Reviewed this property |
$15 for adults 12 for seniors 8 for kids
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NewName123
3 March 2017|
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Response from WIMaritimeMuseum | Property representative |
The sub tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. We recommend 2-3 hours to fully explore the museum and take the sub tour.
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Brian H
28 September 2015|
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Response from WIMaritimeMuseum | Property representative |
We offer overnights for organized groups (scouts, schools, youth groups, etc) almost any night of the year, but for families or individuals we offer 2-3 Family Overnights in the summer. Those are typically in July and... More
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