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.

Ship's Lamp Newsletter

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


Volunteer Connection

For our volunteers, here is the most recent Volunteer Connection.

Volunteer Connection 19Apr14

Volunteer Connection 3Apr14

Volunteer Connection 27Mar14

Volunteer Connection 28Feb14

Board of Trustees

Gary Horton, President

James Spurr, Vice President

Norris Bryson, Secretary

Robert Hoppes, Treasurer

Brian Bosgraaf

David Bugge

Guy Calhoun

Bob Copping

Dana Getman

Susan Knytych

Mark Odland

Andrea Olson

Eli Thomssen

Bob Tolpa

Michael Winkel

Maggie Woodruff



Executive Director
Patti Montgomery Reinert

Padnos Boat Shed Director
John Crisler

Director of Education & Administration
Eden Morris

Friends Good Will Captain
Cory Young


Gift Shop/Ticket Questions


Lindy Lou Captains

Kathy Jensen

Jim Milan

Chuck Mann


Summer 2014 Vacancies

Front Desk Host & Retail Clerk

The Michigan Maritime Museum seeks a friendly, outgoing person to work 20-30 hours per week in our Ship’s Store & Admission Center. Applicant must be able to work weekends and occasional evenings, May through September. Must have general computer experience and be able to multitask, as this position is the hub of most Museum activity & also work well with volunteers. Experience with POS system and multi-line phone system preferred.

Résumé and cover note to info[at]michiganmaritimemuseum.org. No phone calls, please.

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