STURGEON BAY, WI (January 22, 2016) – The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will be offering free admission to children 12 and under with an accompanying paid adult beginning Sunday, January 24, and continuing on Sundays through the end of March.
Among the highlights is the new 40th anniversary commemorative exhibit related to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Highlights include a deck light and life jacket given to the museum when the Fitzgerald was in Sturgeon Bay for off-season work. A video featuring radio conversations recorded on Nov. 10, 1975 discussing the possible sinking and rescue attempts is another intriguing aspect of the presentation.
Additional artifacts include a searchlight from the Arthur M. Anderson which was sailing near the Fitzgerald and courageously battled the storm in the search for survivors as well as an impressive eight-foot model of the “Fitz” crafted by Jerry Guenther, whose model of the Titanic was the centerpiece of the museum’s 100th commemorative exhibit of its sinking in 2012.
The family-friendly exhibit “Sea Dogs” continues. Humans and dogs have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for tens of thousands of years. The exhibit chronicles some of the amazing “tails” and the enduring human-canine relationship.
“We welcome families to use this opportunity to explore the rich maritime heritage,” said the museum’s Executive Director Rick O’Farrell.
Families will have the opportunity to explore four galleries, including the Peterson Gallery and its remarkable view of Sturgeon Bay through a nuclear submarine periscope. There’s also the captivating story of Sturgeon Bay’s contributions to the World War II shipbuilding effort and the very first shipping container developed by shipyard owner Leathem Smith.
Enjoy the museum’s extensive large-scale model collection centered in the Baumgartner Gallery and the lighthouse exhibit where the stunning Fresnel lens from the Sherwood Point Lighthouse is on display. For life-size boats and engines, check out the John Roen Asher Gallery. Also, hear the exploits of Capt. John Roen and see the first Marine Travelift boat hoist created by George Baudhuin.
Admission is $10 for adults. Call the museum at 920.743.5958 or visit www.dcmm.org for more information.