Something exciting is always happening at the Museum. Have fun learning in a class or participate in an event. There is an activity sure to please everyone.  Looking to sail on Friends Good Will or try one of our other "on-water" experiences?  Check out our 2019 Special Events Calendar for more details.

Upcoming Events

May 4 - 12 -- Michigan Maritime Museum at Tulip Time Festival

May 24 -- Blessing of the Fleet & Season Kick-Off Picnic

August 2 - 4 -- Family Boat Building 


Blessing of the Fleet & Summer Kick-Off Picnic


Join the Michigan Maritime Museum for a celebration of the 2019 summer season on Friday May 24th from 5 pm to 8 pm! Festivities will begin with an exciting major announcement about the future of the Museum followed by our annual Blessing of the Fleet. Tall ship Friends Good Will, Museum vessels, and other South Haven harbor boats participate in a ceremony for a safe and successful season. The Blessing is followed by the Kick-Off fish fry at the most picturesque location in the heart of South Haven's Maritime District.

More info coming soon!

4th Annual Harbor Walk


Please join the Michigan Maritime Museum for the 4th Annual Harbor Walk on May 30th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The Harbor Walk runs from pier head to pier head in South Haven's Maritime District. An historic guided tour will point out some of South Haven's maritime history along the way.

From start to finish it is roughly 3.2 miles (5k). A great way to get in those 10,000 steps all while getting some great South Haven maritime history. There is no registration or free for this event--just come on out and appreciate 150 years of South Haven history!

38th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show


Saturday June 15, 2019
10 am – 4 pm

The Antique & Classic Boat Show celebrates all kinds of boat types from wood and fiberglass to power and paddle and is one of the oldest and most popular of its kind in the region. The family-friendly event features a variety of boats including Chris Crafts, Centuries, strip-built boats, dinghies, canoes, sailboats, and much more! Kids’ toy boat-building and demonstrations make this event a real hands-on experience for all ages. Our aim is to help perpetuate the building, restoration, and use of classic boats and small craft and to give participants and the public an entertaining and informative learning experience.

The show is now in its 38th year and the Michigan Maritime Museum is honored to take the reins from the previous sponsors, the Traditional Small Craft Association. We hope to continue their wonderful legacy of showcasing classic and small craft as well as the people who love and care for these vessels. 

Cost for the show is $10 for adults and $5 for kids (under 3 free). Museum members are free. The cost includes the show and admission to all Michigan Maritime Museum exhibits.

Register Your Boat Today!


Family Boat Building


Family Boat Building starts August 2nd and runs three consecutive days from 9 am to 5 pm.  Learn traditional building techniques from the Museum's own Shipwright as you build our 11 ft. Davis Dinghy--the perfect size for a family!

Cost is $850 per group and includes all materials, tools, and two oars. No experience required. Ages 12 and up. 

For more information and registration call 269-637-8078 ext. 3 or e-mail