Welcome to the Michigan Maritime Museum!


Starting May 2nd we will be open 7 days a week. Tickets are now available online for cruises and sails. 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.

The Museum will be closed until May 1st with the exception of special events.

April 1 & 2 - Museum Book & Spring Cleaning Sale at the Keeper's House

April 7 - Night for the Museums at Su Casa

April 9 & 10 - Uprigging/On-Water Volunteer Meeting

April 16 & 17 - Uprigging/Ship's Company Meeting

April 16 - 2016 Brown Bag Lecture Series: Great Lakes Fishing Heritage

April 23 - 22nd Annual Coast Guard Clean Up Day

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.