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.

The Ship's Lamp Fall 2018


Executive Director

Patti Montgomery Reinert


Director of Education & Administration

Ashley M. Deming


Archives/Collections & Office Manager 

Emily E. Stap


Friends Good Will Captain 

Bob Harnish



Francis Peet


Ship's Store & Ticket Sales

Front Desk Staff



Board of Trustees

Joan Bauer, President David Bergman Jan Frizzo Mike Winkel
Jim Woodruff, Vice President Brian Bosgraaf Dana Getman Ruth Paschal Wiser
Guy Calhoun, Secretary David Campbell Patrick Miller  
Bob Hoppes, Treasurer  Brian deBest Mike Smith