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 2016 Special Events Calendar for more details.

Upcoming Events

April 1 & 2 - Museum Book & Spring Cleaning Sale at the Keeper's House

April 7 - Night for the Museums at Su Casa

April 9 & 10 - Uprigging/On-Water Volunteer Meeting

April 16 & 17 - Uprigging/Ship's Company Meeting

April 16 - 2016 Brown Bag Lecture Series: Great Lakes Fishing Heritage

April 23 - 22nd Annual Coast Guard Clean Up Day

Book & Art Sale


Looking for some new maritime reading material? Shopping for a unique art print for your summer cottage? The Michigan Maritime Museum has you covered! 

The Michigan Maritime Museum will be hosting a book sale at the historic site of the South Haven Lighthouse Keeper’s House.  For sale will be duplicate book titles from our library ranging on a variety of topics— anywhere from maritime history, ghost ships to boat maintenance. There is something for everybody!  Also at the sale there will be framed prints, posters and copies of fascinating historic photographs used in past exhibits. 

This fundraiser will be held at the Lightkeeper’s House (91 Michigan Ave., South Haven), the location of the Marialyce Canonie Great Lakes Research Library on Friday April 1st and Saturday the 2nd from 10am-4pm. Enjoy the opportunity to view the inside of this historic house and its amazing location, and add to your personal library—all for a good cause! All of the proceeds will go towards maintaining the Museum’s Great Lakes Research Library.

There will be a Member’s Only Preview event for Museum members on the evening of Wednesday March 30th from 3pm- 7pm before the sale opens to the general public.  There has never been a better time or reason to become a Museum member. Sign up today or at the event and get an exclusive first look; along with many other member benefits! Help support the ongoing preservation efforts at the Michigan Maritime Museum by becoming a member today.

Night for the Museums


Support your local area cultural non-profits by attending a Night for the Museums at a participating South Haven restaurant between 5pm and 9pm. All participating restaurants will donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to the Michigan Maritime Museum, the Historical Association of South Haven, the South Haven Center for the Arts, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, and the Michigan Flywheelers Museum.

November 5- Thirsty Perch

December 3- Phoenix Street

January 7- Clementine's

February 4- The Vineyard

March 3- Taste

April 7- Su Casa

Lecture Series- Fish Tales: A Story of Great Lakes Fishing Heritage


We will be hosting speaker Brandon Schroeder of Michigan SeaGrant to speak about preserving fisheries heritage in his presentation, “Fish Tales: A Story of Great Lakes Fishing Heritage.” The presentation will be held April 16th from 12-1pm at the Museum

Great Lakes fisheries – fish and people who fish – have significantly benefited coastal communities, the Great Lakes region and the nation throughout history and still today. Ecologically, economically and recreationally valuable, Great Lakes fisheries have supported people and communities for generations. Great Lakes fish and fishing – tribal, commercial, and recreational – have shaped the culture, economy, and quality of life for people in Michigan.  Learn about our dynamic Great Lakes fisheries and a new Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail that offers opportunity to explore the past, present and future of the lakes through the lens of fish and fishing. Museum exhibits and educational opportunities, events and experiences along this trail highlight our fisheries heritage, ecology, management, and the economic and social issues that have defined Michigan’s coastal communities.

Brandon Schroeder is a Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator who works with coastal communities in northeast Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues locally.  His Sea Grant Extension efforts involve fisheries science, biodiversity conservation, sustainable coastal tourism development, and Great Lakes education.  He provides co-leadership for the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium and newly established Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail in Michigan.

Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors.  There is no admission fee for Museum members.