The Story of DESCO

January 11 – May 5, 2019

Milwaukee is hundreds of miles from any ocean coast but the city has played a critical role in the development of commercial diving equipment. Diving Equipment & Salvage Company (DESCO) was formed in 1937 as the manufacturer of the newly designed diving equipment by Max Nohl and Jack Browne.

S.S. Christopher Columbus: A Whale of a Ship

August 30, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Introducing a new exhibit at the North Point Lighthouse and Museum. The S.S. Christopher Columbus, the only whaleback ship ever built for passenger service, was constructed in Superior, Wisconsin and in service between 1893-1933.

Milwaukee’s Melting Pot


Between 1836 and 1850, Wisconsin’s population increased from a mere 11,000 in 1836 to over 305,000 by 1850. Most arrived by ship and the North Point Lighthouse was the first thing they saw when they arrived in Milwaukee.

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