With locations in three different areas, this museum houses artifacts, displays, and the history of nautical exploration and ... More
Door County Maritime Museum
With locations in three different areas, this museum houses artifacts, displays, and the history of nautical exploration and culture. There is the Gills Rock Museum, Sturgeon Bay Museum, and the Cana Island Museum at the Cana Island Lighthouse.
The display about the November 1913 storm was fantastic... I think. Unfortunately, just about every room you walked into had at least TWO conflicting voices talking at you very loudly from opposite ends of the room. I couldn't concentrate to read the story panels or really take in what I was seeing. I plugged my ears with my fingers but that didn't help much. They need to remove the audios to a separate area, or at least supply headphones and an on/off switch, so those of us who prefer to take things in at our own pace don't spend the whole time trying to tune out the babbling voices. The only place available for true introspection and "getting into the mood" was, ironically, the decompression chamber area, which had no audio and was closed off enough to allow visitors to read the fascinating information posted in that room.
We visited the Cana Island Lighthouse (north of Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin, in Door County) in Aug. '06. You park your car at the end of a road, walk across a rubble causeway (be careful or you'll sprain your ankle!) and then pay a small admission fee at the ticket booth. Walk the path thru the trees and you'll see the most beautiful, breathtaking view of Lake Michigan and the Cana Island Lighthouse. You can go inside the Keeper's House and see how the lighthouse keepers used to live. Even the upstairs of the house is accessible. Downstairs is a curator to answer your questions and a small giftshop too. VERY enjoyable. We didn't want to leave !
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