The Don Albrecht Endowment; Honoring the vision, leadership, artistry, scholarship and passion of Don Albrecht and his work at
the Bayfield Maritime Museum.

General Operating Fund

The museum is an all volunteer, not-for-profit enterprise. We rely on donations from visitors and friends to keep the doors open, the lights on, and exhibits engaging.


Your tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated. Please mail them to:

    Bayfield Maritime Museum

    PO Box 1271

    Bayfield, WI  54814




The Don Albrecht Endowment

The success of our museum depends on uncounted hours contributed by the all-volunteer team that manages and staffs the museum. First among these volunteers was Don Albrecht, who, for years brought to the museum a rare combination of passion for maritime stories, a dedication to the museum as an institution and, importantly, the artistic vision and technical skills to bring his ideas to reality. Don passed away in 2017.


To honor Don’s immeasurable contribution to the Bayfield Maritime Museum, we have established the Don Albrecht Maritime History Endowment. The endowment particularly recognizes Don’t contribution as a curator –– his skill and passion for presenting the museum’s holding in engaging and educational ways.


The Don Albrecht Maritime History Endowment Is part of the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. The foundation provides financial and legal stewardship, while the museum’s directors decide how earning are best used to assure that its exhibits remain engaging and educational.


The goals of the fund include:

   • Development of new exhibits,

   • Renovation and updating of existing exhibits,

   • Boat building projects as interactive exhibits,

   • Enhancing the education experience of museum visitors, and

   • Fostering scholarly research on regional maritime history.


This continuing development, improvement, and expansion of our exhibits is central to keeping the museum an exciting and educational destination in Bayfield. The Don Albrecht Maritime History Endowment will assure, in perpetuity, that the aesthetic and scholarly experience of the museum never falls below the standards that Don established and that have contributed so powerfully to the museum’s success.


Tax-deductible donations may be made to

the “Don Albrecht Maritime History

Endowment” and mailed to:

Don Albrecht Maritime History Endowment

PO Box 1271

Bayfield, WI 54814


Contributions to the endowment may

also be made directly through the Apostle

Islands Area Community Funds.








  • Preserving the area's maritime history     and tradition


  • Educating residents and visitor about the vibrant economic and cultural influences of Lake Superior.


  • Enhancing the experience of visitors to Bayfield.

The Bayfield Maritime Museum contributes to the quality of the life and economic prosperity in the  Bayfield and Apostle Islands region by:

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131 South 1st Street, Bayfield Wisconsin  54814

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