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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: (WI) Welcome to the lobby of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Virtual Visitor Center at Bayfield, WI. Thanks for stopping by! When you visit, scroll down for links that will take you to information on the natural wonders and historic lore of the Apostle Islands, resources to help you plan your visit, and information on the management and administration of the national lakeshore. Take your time, look around, and enjoy the view out of the virtual picture window above!

Bayfield Maritime Museum: (WI) The Bayfield Maritime Museum covers the past 150 years of the maritime history of the Bayfield area (Apostle Islands). The Great Lakes History is brought to the Museum’s visitors through demonstrations, information about commercial fishing on the Great Lakes, boatbuilding traditions, lighthouses, sailor crafts, shipwrecks, and much more!

Door County Maritime Museum: (WI) The Door County Maritime Museum was founded in 1969 by a group of Gills Rock commercial fishermen. During the past 28 years, two seasonal museums were operated, one in Gills Rock and one in Sturgeon Bay. On June 28, 1997, a new year-round museum became a reality. Today you can truly experience the nautical history of Door County, Wisconsin.

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse: (WI) The Eagle Lighthouse is located in Peninsula State Park.  The Lighthouse contains and exhibits a collection of maritime and period furnishings in a historic house.

Hokenson Brothers Fishery: (WI) The Hokenson Brothers Fishery stands on the shore of Lake Superior at Little Sand Bay near Bayfield, WI. Operated for more than 30 years by the families of Eskel, Leo and Roy Hokenson, it was an enterprise that started from scratch and eventually prospered due to the Hokensons' resourcefulness, ingenuity and hard work.

Ship's Wheel Gallery & Nautical Museum: (WI) The Ship's Wheel Gallery & Nautical Museum at Kewaunee, WI, is the home of local harbor history, World War II artifacts, a Potowattomi Indian Display, Great Lakes Shipwrecks, CHRISTMAS TREE Schooner, and a Great Lakes Schooner Model (100 Years Old, 8 Feet Long). Also featured are maritime artists.

S. S. Meteor Whaleback: (WI) The S.S. Meteor is the last The S.S. Meteor — the Last Whaleback on Earth remaining of these innovative ships (called whalebacks for their rounded hulls) designed by Captain Alexander McDougall. Launched from Superior in 1896, she carried a variety of cargos on the Great Lakes, including iron ore, grain, cars, and oil. In 1972 she was brought home to Superior and is now permanently berthed on Barkers Island. Tour the world's last whaleback! Hear the ship's whistle and see the original 1896 steam engine as you tour from pilothouse to cargo holds. The Museum also features exhibits on Twin Ports shipbuilding history and Great Lakes shipwrecks.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum (WI) The museum is devoted to the history of the ships of Lake Michigan. Its collection includes USS Cobia, a World War II submarine.