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.
Our "War on the Great Lakes!" exhibit commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The exhibit houses historic documents, paintings, archeological artifacts, weapons used in the conflict, faithful replicas and ship models to illustrate the causes and consequences of a pivotal time in Michigan’s history and of what was then our young nation.
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 is the only Tall Ship to sail the Great Lakes with a state-of-the-art, interactive, floating classroom. 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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Friends Good Will leaves South Haven on the 5th of August, and will return on the 20th of September. See Voyages for more information.
Our second “on water” experience is available on the Lindy Lou, the Museum’s river launch. The Lindy Lou is reminiscent of the river launches that took passengers upstream to resorts and picnic grounds, or simply provided a pleasant way for families and lovers to spend a lazy afternoon on the river around the turn of the century. The launch takes its design cues from the famous Truscott Launch, a launch that was built in St. Joseph, Michigan in the late 1800s. Truscotts could be found on rivers and inland waterways throughout the country. The Lindy Lou also takes an environmental cue from the past: she is powered by an electric motor, just like launches that cruised the lagoons during the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
In Summer 2012 the Museum received the famed yacht Bernida. This R Class yacht won the inaugural Bayview-Mackinac Island race in 1925--and again in 2012! Starting in 2013, four passengers at a time will be able to experience yachting history dating back to the early 1920's.
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WIN A KAYAK! The Michigan Maritime Museum is raffling off the Purple Heart Kayak for just $5 a ticket. Come on down to the Museum to get your winning ticket today!