Current and Upcoming Exhibits
In our last gallery, we have a hands-on children's exhibit entitled "Are YOU Brave Enough To Be A Sailor In 1812?". Designed for kids to experience life onboard a ship through interactive activities and educational panels, kids will learn about everyday chores, food, hobbies, illness, sail training, lookout duties, sleeping and storage areas, and weather patterns.
Mysteries Beneath the Waves: Wrecks of the Sunset Coast
The Michigan Maritime Museum will begin work in November 2013 on their newest exhibition, “Mysteries Beneath the Waves: Wrecks of the Sunset Coast”. The exhibit will open in May 2014, utilizing both of the main galleries in the Museum. Come discover what rescue crews from the United States Life Saving Service went through to save passengers and crew. Explore the science behind bodies of fresh water maintaining shipwrecks in exquisite shape. See for yourself evidence of the traumatic plane crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501, which resulted in the loss of many lives. Learn about scuba diving on shipwrecks through hands-on activities and programs.
This newest exhibition will be great for families, with hands-on activities for all ages. These will include virtually exploring a shipwreck, charting shipwrecks on Lake Michigan, and on special occasions, getting to be participate in a remotely operated vehicle dive. These are just a few of the interactive activities that will be included.
Several shipwrecks will be featured in this exhibit, including the Ann Arbor No. 5, the Verano, the Hennepin, and the Mystery Sloop. The other featured vessel will be the Rockaway, which the Michigan Maritime Museum assisted in researching.
Several events are being planned in coordination with the run of this exhibition, including a lecture series, and a commemoration of the 64th anniversary of the plane crash. This exhibition will be created by Lafferty Van Heest and Associates, in collaboration with the Michigan Maritime Museum and the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association. Come over and visit us just across Dyckman Ave. bridge in South Haven, Michigan. Please call 269.637.8078 for more information.