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! 


May -- September Hours:

Monday -- Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (or until Sunset Sail departure)

Last Admissions 1 hour prior to closing.


Come take a Chris Craft Ride!


We are so excited to be launching public excursions aboard our 1929 Chris Craft Cadet Merry Time. For only $50 per person, you and three friends can spend an hour of chauffeured luxury on the water. Come take a Chris Craft ride with us Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm. 5:00 pm, and 6:30 pm.

Purchase Merry Time Tickets

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:

August 29 - Maritime Music Concert Series featuring Rick Fitzgerald

September 15 - Black River Open Paddle

September 22 - Free Museum Day! 


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