Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Museum hosts special events


Manitowoc Herald Times
January 08, 2008

MANITOWOC – The Wisconsin Maritime Museum, 75 Maritime Drive, is offering a variety of special events throughout the winter months.

Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for children 5 and younger. A yearlong family membership to the museum with unlimited visits can be purchased for $60.

Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 1-(866)-724-2356 or visit wisconsinmaritime.org.

January events include:

-- “Gallery Gab” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 12 — The museum’s galleries will come to life as guests meet and hear from nearly a dozen maritime experts, including a Great Lakes ship’s captain and Coast Guard personnel. Visitors also can learn about the intricate process of model building, hear about the car ferries that plied Lake Michigan and learn how a triple expansion steam engine works while watching the Museum’s working engine in action. The owner of Skybird, a 33-foot sailboat featured in the museum’s gallery, will be on-hand to share his stories of sailing.

-- “Car Ferries and the Mighty Mac” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 — Car ferry author Art Chavez, collector Ken Ottmann and model steam engine builder Bob Johnson will be at the museum throughout the day to share their knowledge. The museum also will show two Mark Howell films about the Mackinaw Bridge, known as the Mighty Mac. “Before the Bridge: The Story Behind the Mackinac Straits Ferries” will be shown at 11 a.m. and “Building the Mighty Mac” will be at 1 p.m.

-- “Maritime Manitowoc” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 — Visitors can enjoy a slideshow of archival photographs from the museum’s collection featuring shipyard scenes and maritime related photos rarely seen before. Museum volunteers who helped create the book “Maritime Manitowoc” will tell the stories behind the photographs.

-- Throughout the Year, families, individuals and groups are invited to book “Submarine Sleepovers.” They can spend the night aboard USS Cobia, a fully restored WWII submarine that’s been designated a National Historic Landmark. Cost of the program is $39 per person and participants must be 6 years or older. While aboard the sub, guests are divided into “watches” and take part in activities such as unscrambling enemy codes, sinking enemy vessels, aiming the 40 mm deck gun, writing letters home and handling K.P. duty.


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