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 Hours:
Thursday April 27: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday April 28: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday April 29: 10 am - 5 pm
Open 7 days a week starting May 1st.
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.
May 1 - Michigan Maritime Museum Open 7 Days a Week
May 26 - Blessing of the Fleet/Season Kick Off BBQ
May 27 - 2nd Annual Harbor Walk to Fitness
June 15 - Pirate Chaser Sails Begin
June 17 - 36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show
June 23 - Queens Cup Race
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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Experience History and Hollywood!
You will be able to experience a short excursion on the Museum's USCG 36460 motor life boat come summer 2017! 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 will go out on the hour starting at 10:45 am until 3:45 pm. Trips last 20 minutes and tickets are $15 per person. The schedule is anticipated to be online by early spring. The USCG 36460 only holds 6 passengers, so purchase your tickets ahead of time! Call the Museum at (269) 637-8078 for more information.