About the Michigan Maritime Museum

Our Mission:
Volunteers and staff welcome members and the public to appreciate and experience Great Lakes maritime history in a unique, exciting and thought provoking manner.

Our Vision:
The Michigan Maritime Museum, as a premier destination, will preserve and interpret the rich heritage of the Great Lakes while enhancing the South Haven Maritime District.


Core Values
Collaboration:  To collaborate with local, state and national groups with similar objectives interested in building strong relationships to achieve mutual goals.

Education:  To provide an educational experience to visitors of all ages through exhibits, programs, classes, events, Friends Good Will, and Lindy Lou that promotes a greater knowledge and appreciation of maritime history in the immediate area and secondarily in the Great Lakes region.

Fiscal responsibility:  To generate a potential revenue stream improvement, improve safety or create a healthier operating environment with each financial decision (expense or capital outlay).

Preservation:  To acquire and employ appropriate preservation techniques to artifacts, whether images, documents or objects of significance to our maritime history, and balance the benefits of continued use allowing for an authentic experience with education and interpretation.

Hospitality:  To provide an inviting and welcoming atmosphere with changing exhibitions that inspires visitors and members to look forward to their next visit and to share their experience with family and friends.

Volunteerism:  To provide a welcoming and stimulating environment encouraging volunteers to participate at our institution, and to use those volunteers wisely in the running and management of our museum.

The Ship's Lamp Newsletter

Please enjoy the latest edition of the Michigan Maritime Museum's official newsletter, The Ship's Lamp.

Spring 2016 Ship's Lamp

Fall 2015 Ship's Lamp


Executive Director
Patti Montgomery Reinert


Director of Education & Administration
Ashley M. Deming


Padnos Boat Shed Staff
Erin Carlin


Friends Good Will Captain

Megan Cairnes


Gift Shop/Ticket Questions


Lindy Lou Captains

Chuck Mann

Mary Stephens

Dan Strong

Kathy Jensen


Employment Opportunities 

Ship's Store Part-Time Employee:

Looking for a fun and exciting summer job in beautiful South Haven?  The Michgian Maritime Museum is the place for you! We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly, and go-getting individual to work at the front desk and in the Ship's Store gift shop.  The position includes several responsibilities such as ringing up merchandise, checking in passengers for sails and cruises, and relaying museum information to visitors.  Never a dull moment!  This part-time position would be 20 to 25 hours per week and would require a willingness to work on weekends and holidays.  Please indicate your interest and send your resume to Executive Directer Patti Montgomery Reinert at patti@mimaritime.org or call 269-637-8078.

Board of Trustees

Gary Horton, President Brian Bosgraaf Dana Getman Jim Spurr
Norris Bryson, Vice President David Bugge Susan Knytych Bob Tolpa
Eli Thompson, Secretary Guy Calhoun Mark Odland Michael Winkel

Robert Hoppes, Treasurer

Joan Bauer

Andrea Olson

Maggie Woodruff