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

June 23 - Queens Cup Race

July 15 - Fish Boil Fundraiser

July 17-21 - STEM Summer Camp

July 25-29 - Build Your Own Paddle Board Class

August 19 - 4th Annual Boat Walk

August 31-Sept 4 - Nina & Pinta Visit 

September 12-16 - Boat Building Class

September 29 - Membership Appreciation Picnic

October 14 - Black River Open Paddle

October 20-21 - Haunted Museum

October 31 - Kids Trick-or-Treat

Annual Fish Boil Fundraiser


Enjoy a delicious Great Lakes Fish Boil dinner at the Michigan Maritime Museum.  This annual event is a fundraiser for the Museum where local organizations and businesses come together to donate everything from the food to tablecloths.  100% of the proceeds help the Museum!

Join us Saturday July 15th for this family fun event from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10 per plate. $5 for Kids (5 and under). Tickets will only be sold at the door. Don't miss out on this delicious summer meal with a great view of the harbor!

STEM Kids Summer Camp


Looking for something fun and educational this summer for your child? Sign them up for the Michigan Maritime Museum Kids STEM Summer Camp. The STEM curriculum focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  

STEM Camp is open to 3rd - 5th graders and takes place July 17th through the 21st. The week-long, half-day camp, held on the Michigan Maritime Museum campus, will feature a maritime themed program through engaging STEM activities and lessons.  The camp includes activities aboard our tall ship Friends Good Will, campus tours, hands-on lessons, and a cruise on the late 19th century replica river launch Lindy Lou.  

There are 12 spots available. Registration opens March 1st and is $250. To register or for more information, please contact Ashley Deming, Director of Education or call (269) 637-8078 ext.3.

Build Your Own Paddleboard Class


Michigan Maritime Museum is excited to offer our Build Your Own Paddleboard Class again this summer July 25-29, 2017 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Stand-Up Paddleboards are increasing in popularity due to their lightweight frame and accessibility. Not to mention incredibly fun on the water! The workshop is a 5-day experience where you will walk out with a fully constructed Chesapeake Light Craft 14’ Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) that is ready for varnishing and/or painting to suit your style. The Kaholo SUP was specifically chosen because of its rare quality of being fast enough to race but stable enough for first-timers. It possesses great tracking and a fine bow that lifts the Kaholo up and over waves.

Advanced woodworking skills are not needed; but a basic knowledge of the use of woodworking tools is desired. All sessions will be facilitated by a professionally trained wooden boat builder. This will be a one-time work shop limited to four reservations. Each participant will be allowed to bring one helper (14+ years old) at no extra cost. The experience of building your own while learning stitch and glue boat building techniques in our Padnos Boat Shed and you will have the experience of a lifetime!

The cost of this experience is $1500.00. A 50% deposit is required by July 1st. For more information or to sign up, please contact the Museum at 269-637-8078.

4th Annual Boat Walk


The 4th Annual Boat Walk will feature a variety of stunning vessels docked here in the South Haven harbor.  Set up like a home tour, your tickets will get you on all of the participating vessels for a chance to meet the owners/captains and check out above and below decks. You also get admission to the Museum! This is your chance to go aboard many vessels you've only dreamed about.

The 4th Annual Boat Walk will be held on Saturday August 19th from 12 pm to 4 pm. Tickets are $15 per person (ages 13 and up). Tickets are available in the Museum gift shop or online.

Purchase your 4th Annual Boat Walk Tickets! 

If you have a boat in South Haven and are interested in showing it in the Boat Walk, please email or call 269-637-8078.


"Lake Michigan's Call to Duty" Exhibit is Now Open!


After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States found itself suddenly plunged into what would become a second world war. In response, the nation undertook the greatest industrial, social, and military mobilization the world has ever witnessed, and Lake Michigan played a critical role in its call to duty during World War II. Palatial Great Lakes passenger steamers became aircraft carriers working off Chicago to train desperately needed Navy and Marine pilots. Shipbuilders began turning out essential submarines, minesweepers, sub chasers, and tugs for the Army and Navy. Sailors manned the freighters that transported iron ore, stone, and coal for use in the steel industry. Civilians replaced Coast Guard personnel called to military duty. And, commercial fishermen provided necessary food for the troops. This exhibit highlights this vast mobilization for war embraced by the people of the Lake Michigan region as they answered the CALL TO DUTY.

Admission: Adult $8, Senior $7, Children (4-17) $5. Free admission to Museum Members.

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