Our Exhibits Explore Port Washington’s Legacy

There’s much to do and see at the Port Exploreum. You'll want to come and learn about the maritime history of Port Washington and the Great Lakes, experience what it’s like to sail on a schooner out of the harbor and play among the exhibits that relate and celebrate the stories of the city and its people. You'll marvel at the nautical flags, be in awe of the detail of Lake Michigan projected onto a specially designed tabletop, and wander in and amongst rich history like you've never seen before. You can even explore the sunken ship wrecks off Port Washington’s shores when you don a dive helmet configured for video reproduction.

"Nothin' But Nets" - The Legacy of Commercial Fishing in Port Washington

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 Experience the Port Washington area when it was one of the hubs of commercial fishing in Wisconsin.  Visit a replica of a net shed, explore the many stories of  the fishing families of Port Washington, and learn through words, pictures and artifacts what it took to survive and thrive in commercial fishing in the late 1800's through the late 1990's. 

Permanent Collection

1907 Image edited.jpg This large image of downtown Port Washington from 1907 hangs in our 1st floor area.  Take the time to see how Port looked at the turn of the century, and see if you can spot the building that the Port Exploreum is located in!

Oral History Kiosk

web.jpg Our new Oral History Kiosk will allow visitors a chance to hear in their own words the stories of the descendants of Port Washington families.  For the "Nothin' But Nets" exhibit, learn about some of the families that made up the commerical fishing industry over the years.