The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a great place to visit where you’re able to explore the history of the maritime history, learn, and play with 60,000 square feet of space. The museum gives visitors who come a unique place to learn about submariners that made history, sailors, and shipbuilding; you’ll be surprised how many hours you can spend here checking out the interactive exhibits the museum has to offer, historic maritime engines and vessels, along with the Wisconsin waterways. You’ll learn about how Manitowoc built more than 25 submarines during the war, the importance of US Navy submarines played in World War II, and explore other interesting exhibits.
Tour the World War II submarine to get up close and personal with the USS Cobia, you’ll spend 45 minutes learning of the history that was made within the walls of the submarine while it was in service. USS Cobia has been restored from the ground up. You’ll get the true feel of what it was like for the brave sailors when you see the bunks where the guys rested their heads, just above torpedos. The tour starts in the Cobia interpretive center, with the addition of USS Cobia: Below The Surface helps teach through multimedia, theater, and a simulator of the six patrols responsible for navigating, protecting, and keeping the USS Cobia on track. Crew cards are available for you to take, this helps you learn about the life of the specific member that was aboard the crew; with the Crew card you’ll also learn where that crew member worked and his role to the ship. Take a look through the periscope to see a view only the crew members of the Cobia have experienced. A very unique experience Cobia offers is to stay the night aboard the ship to get a true taste of what submarine life is like. Participants will get a guided tour of the accommodations for an overnight stay. Overnight programs are available for individuals and groups that have a curiosity of what life of a submarine is like. Throughout the overnight tour participants are given supervised access to non public areas and admission to the museum is included.
See the inner workings of a Mark 14 torpedos before stepping aboard USS Cobia, step inside the Chief Wawatam engine room to see the 65 ton steam engine practically come to life, Step into a pair of waders or slide on your lab coat while visiting the Aquatic Species Investigation Lab, read clues that’ll lead you to information about many different aquatic invaders impacting the Great Lake waterways like a biologist of Suspect Species Investigation Lab.
Get to know the past and present with half hull, models, and quarter boards of the Great Lakes freighters and sailing ships. See a diorama of shipwrecked Edmund Fitzgerald, the diorama shows what she looks like submerged in Lake Superior. While you wait for a tour of the Cobia, you can take a peek through Rasher Concourse’s periscope, USS Rasher was built right here in Manitowoc.
A must see museum for groups and individuals who seek to know how submarines are built, the inner workings of the ships, and what life was like on a submarine. There is no need to look further than the Wisconsin Maritime Museum for all of these resources and knowledge!
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