STURGEON BAY — The Door County Maritime Museum’s new educational facility, The Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower, took another step toward completion as the facility announced it will begin installing the exhibits.

Southern Custom Exhibits was selected to design, fabricate and install exhibits that will bring Door County’s maritime heritage to life, according to a news release.

The Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower broke ground last year and plans to be open to the public by May of 2021.

More information on the tower or how you can donate can be found here or on the Door County Maritime Museum’s Facebook page.

The Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower will offer ten floors of interactive educational exhibits that will detail the history of Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront, maritime history, people and industries.

It will also offer hands-on educational experiences that will teach young and old, keep maritime history alive and promote interest in maritime-related local career opportunities.

Southern Custom Exhibits is a preferred contractor for the National Park Service and the United States Department of Agriculture. Some of the notable sites they have worked on include Grand Teton National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Gettysburg National Battlefield, and the Flight 93 National Memorial.

By creating exhibits and programs within the Tower that will use high-tech, interactive displays designed to capture the imagination, the intent is to encourage children and young adults to consider one of many exciting technical careers in the state.

The Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower. Door County Shore Report photo.
The Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower under construction in the fall of 2020. Door County Shore Report photo.

By Carly Renguette - Door County Shore Report

Digital and Social Media producer