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 2017 Special Events Calendar for more details.

Upcoming Events

December 10 - MMM Lecture Series: "Bayview to Mackinac: The Improbable Victory of R-Class Racing Yacht Bernida"                            Speaker: Al Declerq & Author Jim Spurr

December 17Christmas at the Keeper's House

January 5 - Night for the Museums: Clementine's  

Christmas at the Keeper's House


Join us Saturday, December 17th from 11am to noon for a family friendly Christmas for kids of all ages at the historic Keeper’s House. There will be a children’s book reading of the Christmas Tree Ship, hot cocoa, Christmas tree cookies, sledding, and a little nautical holiday shopping. Fun for the whole family!
Snuggle up with your children and grandchildren, hot chocolate and a cookie while listening to the heartfelt story of “Captain Santa” and the Rouse Simmons, the real Christmas Tree Ship that delivered Christmas trees to the poor in Chicago every year until its sinking in 1912. Hear the story of how the US Coast Guard continues this tradition even today in honor of the Rouse Simmons over 100 years later. After the reading, the kids can enjoy sledding on the famous South Haven sledding hill just outside. 
While you cross a few things off your holiday gift lists, take the chance to peek inside this 18th century home that housed South Haven’s light keepers, Life Saving Service men, the US Coast Guard and is now the home for the Michigan Maritime Museum’s Marialyce Canonie Great Lakes Research Library.
The event is free to attend. Donations are appreciated. Enjoy Christmas at the Keeper’s House this holiday season! The Michigan Maritime Museum Keeper’s House is located at 91 Michigan Ave., South Haven.

MMM: Lecture Series


Join us at the Michigan Maritime Museum for the latest lecture in the MMM Lecture Series!

Al Declerq, of North Sails, Detroit, set off in July, 2012 aboard a boat more than 90 years old to make history among the most modern, competitive, expensive, and fastest racing machines on the Great Lakes.  Included aboard were three fathers and three sons fascinated with the lore surrounding their aged champion.  The boat they steered and trusted with their lives, Bernida, had already won the same long distance race in 1925 and again in 1927.  No one thought she could do it again.

Al will speak at the Michigan Maritime Museum on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m.  He will recount how an artifact of maritime history was rigged and sailed to an improbable and historic victory.  And Jim Spurr, a Museum member and captain of Bernida, will speak to her early years, her place in the glory days of yachting history and her present mission of educating visitors and passengers about yacht racing in the 1920s.

Al is a sailmaker and consummate sailor.  His list of victories is long and his experience very deep among many vessels.  Taking a skinny wood boat with little above the waterline and a tall mast sweeping the sky the length of an inland sea was an experience he and his crew will never forget.  It is a story of vision and physics, regulation and daring, risk and reward.  And while it sounds improbable, it is true.  Bernida’s future is now secure, in large part due to the dreams of a few and now the volunteer efforts of many, who lavish care upon a champion made all the more famous by Al and his crew.

Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors.  There is no admission fee for Museum members. The first 30 people to arrive will be gifted a book about this historic vessel written by Al Declerq.

See you there!

Night for the Museums


Through the Night for the Museums fundraiser, our community helps support the Michigan Maritime Museum & other local area non-profits:

Historical Association of South Haven         South Haven Center for the Arts

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum                         Michigan Flywheelers Museum 

Due to the generosity of the following restaurants a portion of the night's proceeds benefit the South Haven museums. 

Phoenix Street Cafe          Black River Tavern

Clementine's                      The Vineyard

Taste                                    Su Casa

Your night out can make a difference! Dine at any of the selected restaurants on their specified dates; any time from 5 pm to 9 pm and a percentage of your bill goes towards assisting the participating organizations. See you there!