Welcome to the Michigan Maritime Museum!


The Museum is open by appointment and for special events. Office hours vary so do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Starting May 1st we will be open 7 days a week. We look forward to a great 2016 season!


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.

The sloop Friends Good Will promotes tourism in West Michigan by providing the public with a wide variety of cultural and educational experiences.  The historic replica tall ship boasts an interactive, floating classroom that features science and history curriculum for students.  Friends Good Will, fully U.S. Coast Guard approved for passengers, is available for day sails as well as private charters.  Friends Good Will also makes several voyages to other ports during the sailing season.

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Upcoming Events


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

January and February  - Museum Closed - with the exception of Special Events.

January 29th - The Finest Hours film opens featuring our USCG 36460 MLB

February 4th 5-9 pm - Night for the Museums at the Vineyard

February 27th 12- 1pm - 2016 Lecture Series: "You Can Build A Wooden Boat" with Allen Deming, owner of Mackinaw Watercraft, LLC

NEW Virtual Museum Tour (Google Virtual Tour)

NEW Harbor Walk Markers

Enjoy the NEW Harbor Walk!

The new Harbor Walk markers have all been installed.  Learn more about South Haven maritime heritage by walking pier to pier.  For more information and a map, visit our Harbor Walk page.

Evelyn S. Restoration

Our historic commercial fish tug, the Evelyn S., is under wraps for the winter after being fully restored this past year.   
Early next season the cover will be removed; a new interactive video station will be opened at the foot of the display, and once again the vessel will be available for visitors to step aboard and experience what it would have been like to be part of the local commercial fishing industry.  
To see the restoration work and learn some of the rich history of Lake Michigan commercial fishing click on the video link below.