Welcome to the Michigan Maritime Museum!


Michigan Maritime Museum Spans Vast Shoreline

Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting Michigan's most distinguished institution of maritime research, preservation and education.

Five separate buildings offer a variety of engaging opportunities for the Museum visitor including permanent and changing exhibits on Michigan maritime history, a center for the teaching of boat building and related maritime skills, and a regionally renowned research library. Waterfront festivals and events are complemented by the hustle and bustle of a modern harbor and vast sandy beaches in one of west Michigan's most picturesque shoreline communities.

Experience living history on Lake Michigan aboard the historic replica tall ship Friends Good Will! 2017 Friends Good Will tickets & schedule are now available online!  Purchase a Friends Good Will gift certificate and give the gift of an unforgettable experience or get tickets online while planning for your next vacation or day trip to South Haven. The sloop Friends Good Will promotes tourism in West Michigan by providing the public with a wide variety of cultural and educational experiences. Friends Good Will is available for day sails, sunset sails, and private charters as well! 

The Michigan Maritime Museum: We Are More Than Just a Boat Ride!

Upcoming Events


Join us on Thursday January 5th at Clementines! Through the Night for the Museums fundraiser, our community helps support the Michigan Maritime Museum & other local area non-profits. Your night out can make a difference! Dine at Clementines any time between 5 pm and 9 pm and a portion of the proceeds go to the participating organizations. See you there!

Please see our Events page for further details and information regarding all upcoming events and opportunities.

March 25 - Basic Seamanship Training Part I

April 6 - Night for the Museums: Su Casa

April 21 - Grand Opening for New Exhibit: "Lake Michigan's Call to Duty"(Members Only Sneak Preview)

April 22 - 23rd Annual Coast Guard Clean Up Day

April 22 - Public Grand Opening of New Exhibit: "Lake Michigan's Call to Duty"

April 22 - MMM Lecture Series

New Exhibit Opening April 22nd!


After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States found itself suddenly plunged into what would become a second world war. In response, the nation undertook the greatest industrial, social, and military mobilization the world has ever witnessed, and Lake Michigan played a critical role in its call to duty. This exhibit highlights this vast mobilization for war embraced by the Lake Michigan region.

The Public Grand Opening of the New Exhibit: Lake Michigan's Call to Duty will be on April 22nd, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm.

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New On-Water Experience for 2017!


Experience History and Hollywood!

You will be able to experience a short excursion on the Museum's USCG 36460 motor life boat come summer 2017!   The 36460 starred in the Disney film The Finest Hours and represented the 36500 that accomplished the daring rescue of the Pendleton in 1952.

The USCG 36460 will go out on the hour starting at 10:45 am until 3:45 pm.  Trips last 30 minutes and tickets are $15 per person.  The schedule is anticipated to be online by early spring. The USCG 36460 only holds 6 passengers, so purchase your tickets ahead of time! Call the Museum at (269) 637-8078 for more information.


The boats are all tucked in for the winter and the snow is falling, but there is still lots of activity & plenty of volunteer opportunities at the Michigan Maritime Museum! Even though the Museum galleries are currently closed as we are in the process of building a new exhibit for the 2017 season, the Museum is open for special events. Office staff can be reached Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm or by appointment.

The Michigan Maritime Museum will be open to the public with the Grand Opening of our newest exhibit, Lake Michigan's Call to Duty on Saturday, April 22nd.