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! 


Michigan Maritime Museum December Hours:

Wednesday -- Saturday 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm


Holiday Hours:
The Museum will remain open to the public Wednesdays-Saturdays through December 21st. The Museum will be closed December 22nd-January 1st in observance of the holidays. Offices will resume normal business hours January 2nd. Museum hours for the new year will be posted shortly.

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

Upcoming Events


Stop by the Museum on to explore our new exhibit, Lake Michigan's Call to Duty! See you on campus!

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

Upcoming Events:

Dec 15 -- Meet the Authors: Valerie van Heest & Craig Rich

Dec 16 -- Christmas at the Keeper's House




Winter Admission Special


The Museum will stay open as long as the weather allows! We will be open November and December 12pm-4pm Wednesday-Saturday. We are offering a winter admission special of $5, so bring all those family members out who are visiting for the upcoming holidays. Show them why you support the Michigan Maritime Museum! We will also have several special events in the winter months, including our lecture series. Come on out and see us this winter!

New Exhibit Now Open!


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.

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