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

March 2 - Night for the Museums: Taste

March 17 & 18 - 2nd Keeper's House Duplicate Book & Art Sale

March 18 - MMM Lecture Series: "The Role of Watercraft & Waterways in North American Fur Trade". Presented by: Michael Nassaney, Ph.D., Western Michigan University

March 25 - Basic Seamanship Training Part I


April 6 - Night for the Museums: Su Casa

April 21 - Grand Opening of New Exhibit: "Lake Michigan's Call to Duty"(Members Only Sneak Preview)

April 22 - 23rd Annual Coast Guard Clean Up Day

April 22 - Public Grand Opening of New Exhibit: "Lake Michigan's Call to Duty"

April 22 - MMM Lecture Series

Duplicate Book & Art Sale


The Michigan Maritime Museum will be hosting a book and art sale at the historic site of the South Haven Lighthouse Keeper's House. For sale will be duplicate book titles from our library ranging from a variety of maritime topics.  There will also be prints and copies of historic photographs used in past exhibits available for purchase. All of the proceeds will go towards maintaining the Museum's Marialyce Canonie Great Lakes Research Library.

Friday March 17 10 am - 4 pm & Saturday March 18 12 pm - 4 pm

The Lighthouse Keeper's House is located at:

91 Michigan Ave. South Haven, MI 49090

For any questions regarding this event, please contact Emily Stap, Collections Manager or call (269) 637-9156.

MMM Lecture Series: "The Role of Watercraft & Waterways in North American Fur Trade"


The latest lecture in the Michigan Maritime Museum series, "The Role of Watercraft & Waterways in North American Fur Trade", will be presented by: Michael Nassaney, Ph.D., of Western Michigan University. 

Nassaney's recent book, The Archaeology of the North American Fur Trade (University Press of Florida, 2015), will be available to purchase. It summarizes the contributions that archaeology has made to our understanding of the fur trade. There will be a book signing following the lecture.

Watercraft and waterways were essential for the North American fur trade, a transcontinental system of exchange that involved dozens of trading companies, scores of native groups, hundreds of settlements, & nearly 10 million square miles. Archaeology provides a unique vantage point to examine this global process.

Join us for the lecture on Saturday, March 18th 11 am to 12 pm.
$8 Adults, $7 Seniors. Admission is free for Museum members.
The Lecture & book signing will take place at the historic Light Keeper's House & home of the Marialyce Canonie Great Lakes Research Library at 91 Michigan Ave. South Haven, MI 49090.

Basic Seamanship Training Part I


Join the crew!

Feel the water beneath you and the wind in your sails when you join the volunteer crew of Friends Good Will at the Michigan Maritime Museum. Whether a seasoned sailor or complete novice, this course prepares you for sailing aboard a traditional Great Lakes sloop.  Experience the freedom and history this educational tall ship provides for crew and passengers alike.

Basic Seamanship Training consists of four parts to ready our volunteer crews for the busy public sailing season.  Part I begins March 25, 2017. The course is free to participants. Museum membership required.

To register, contact the Volunteer Coordinator or call (269) 637-8078 ext. 3. Register today and make history come alive!

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.

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!