Welcome to the Michigan Maritime Museum!


The Museum is open at 10 am 7 days a week.

Current Exhibit: Mysteries Beneath the Waves: Wrecks of the Sunset Coast exhibit: Final Day October 31st, 2016.

Lindy Lou Fall Special: Tickets Only $15!

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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The Museum is open 7 days a week at 10 am.

October 31 - Museum Trick-or-Treat

November 19 - The Finest Hours Matinee 

Final Month for "Mysteries Beneath the Waves: Wrecks of the Sunset Coast" Exhibit


Stop by the Museum this month for your last chance to view and explore our "Mysteries Beneath the Waves" exhibit. This successful current exhibit will be leaving on October 31st to make way for the construction of our newest exhibit. Learn all about these fascinating Lake Michigan shipwrecks before it is too late!

New On-Water Experience!


You can now experience a short excursion on the Museum's USCG 36460 motor life boat!   The 36460 starred in the Disney film The Finest Hours and represented the 36500 that accomplished the daring rescue of the Pendleton in 1952.

The USCG 36460 goes out on Wednesdays and Thursdays on the hour, starting at 11:45 am until 3:45 pm.  Trips last 20 to 30 minutes with up to 6 passengers.  Tickets are $15 per person.  Call the Museum at (269) 637-8078 or stop by the Ship's Store to purchase your tickets today! 

Harbor Walk with NEW Historical 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.

The Harbor Walk runs from pier head to pier head in South Haven's Maritime District with informational historical markers all along the way.  From start to finish it is roughly 3.2 miles (5k).  It is a great way to get those 10,000 steps in and get on your way to a healthy summer while experiencing South Haven maritime history!