By Tim Kowols
The Door County Maritime Museum hopes to raise $67,000 for a new roof in order to protect the artifacts and exhibits worth millions of dollars inside its Gills Rock campus. The newly renamed Death’s Door Maritime Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, but the roof is showing its age due to years of severe winter weather on the peninsula, including this April’s record-breaking snowstorm. Artifacts inside the museum include pieces of Death’s Door shipwrecks, dug-out canoes dating back to the 17th century, and the Plum Island Fresnel lens. Executive Director Amy Paul says having to take out a loan to do the necessary repairs could have an effect on future programming.
The Death’s Door Maritime Museum, which usually opens in time for the Memorial Day weekend will be closed until further notice. You can find details on how you can help online with this story.