Door County is home to many different museums. Winter is a great time to check out a few or even all of these great historic destinations.
Washington Island Art and Nature Center
The Washington Island Art and Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization that has been operating since 1965. The Center promotes the creative arts for both islanders and visitors by providing a place for local artists and craftsmen to sell their items and hosts nature study programs with an emphasis on educating the young. Funding for the Washington Island Art and Nature Center comes from contributions, memberships, book store sales and art commissions.
Historic Noble House
See a Victorian home and experience what a Victorian life was like by taking a guided tour or attending a special event at the Historic Noble House. Once the home of Alexander Noble, passed down to his granddaughter Gertrude Howe, it was decided to save this Victorian treasure in 1995 after Gertrude became sick and died. The home and surrounding green space was saved by Virginia Kinsey, long time resident and founder of the Gibraltar Historical Association.
Historical Village at the Crossroads
Visit the Historical Village at the Crossroads. It is a memorial to Door County as it was from 1880 to 1910 and the people who lived during that time. The little village includes houses with artifacts, a school, a granary and a chapel. There is a garden that provides food to a local pantry and even a privy.
Door County Historical Museum
Harry Dankoler believed in the value of collecting things that were old and saving these important pieces of history so that people in the future would be able to appreciate them. The Door County Historical Museum was built during the Great Depression as a WPA project while Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. The building was finished in 1939.
Corner of the Past Old Anderson House Museum
The history of Sister Bay has been preserved by the Sister Bay Historical Society. Located at the intersection of State Highway 57 and Fieldcrest Road in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin you will find the Corner of the Past and the Old Anderson House Museum. This original family farmhouse belonging to the Anderson family in 1875 and was completely renovated in 1994 including furnishings, photographs and artifacts depicting life in the 1800’s.
Door County Maritime Museum
Sturgeon Bay has a rich maritime history with lighthouses, shipwrecks, boats and numerous shipbuilding companies. In 1969, the Door County Maritime Museum was established. The Museum includes four amazing galleries and an in-water exhibit of a completely restored 1960’s era tug boat that was built in 1919 and served until early 2000.
The Miller Art Museum
The Miller Art Museum was founded in 1975 by Gerhard and Ruth Miller. This cultural arts institution is open year round and is a non-profit. The Miller Art Museum provides arts opportunities to thousands of children. The Museum seeks to foster creativity through the rich diversity in the art galleries.
Door County has a rich heritage that can be experienced through many beautiful museums in the county. The visitor’s bureau has put together a list of resources to help you find out about “museums, lighthouses, tours, and historic sites, as well as our people. From the Belgians in the south to the Scandinavians in the north, from trippe to fish boils, from maritime to farm museums, Door County honors its past by preserving the best of its traditions, foods, buildings, and artifacts.”