We will be closed until May 1, 2015. If you would like to arrange a visit to the museum prior to this date, please call 269-637-8078. **
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 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.
Please see our Events page for information regarding all upcoming events and opportunities.
April 25, 2015 - Coast Guard Clean-Up, Lecture Series
May 2, 2015 - Volunteer Drive Event
May 22, 2915 - Season Kick-Off
The Evelyn S. is currently undergoing restoration. Please click on the video link below to view the ongoing work on this historic vessel at the museum.
Please click the video link below to learn about the restoration needed on the South Pierhead Lighthouse. You can learn more about the lighthouse and how you can help by visiting: www.southhavenlight.org.
An additional “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.