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

July 3 - Friends Goodwill Fireworks Sail

July 9 - Arrival of USCG MLB 36460 & Red Carpet Reception

July 16 - Annual Fish Boil

July 18-22 - Kids STEM Summer Camp

July 26-31 - Paddle Board Building Class *SOLD OUT*

August 20 - 3rd Annual Boat Show

STEM Kids Summer Camp


This summer, we will be offering our STEM focused summer camp for kids grades 3-5.  The STEM curriculum focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

The day camp, held on the Museum campus in South Haven, will feature a maritime themed program through engaging STEM activities and lessons. The camp includes activities aboard our tall ship Friends Goodwill, campus tours, and a cruise on the late 19th century replica river launch Lindy Lou.  

'Dates for the camp are July 18-22, 2016.  The camp runs from 9:30-noon each day.  Cost for the camp is $250 per student for the week.  There are only 12 spots available, so sign up today! The deadline for registration in July 1st, To register or for more information, please contact Ashley Deming at or 269-637-8078 ext. 3.

Arrival of USCG MLB 36460 & Red Carpet Dock Reception


Join us at the Michigan Maritime Museum in a welcoming celebration for the U.S. Coast Guard 36460 motor lifeboat- the star of the Disney film The Finest Hours- as it arrives at our Museum dock by Coast Guard Auxiliary escort! The festivities include music, a picnic, presentations, and patriotic fanfare.  Don your favorite boat shoes & help us salute this Hollywood star and the United States Coast Guard!

The Red Carpet Dock Reception will be held on Saturday July 9th from 2 to 5 pm.  The event is free with admission to the Museum and is available at no cost to Museum members.

Do not miss this historic event!


Friends Goodwill Fireworks Sail!


On Sunday July 3rd enjoy West Michigan's finest fireworks display from the deck of our tall ship Friends Goodwill!  Light Up the Lake-- while having a great time cruising on the Lake!

The Fireworks Sail is from 9 pm to 11:30 pm and $100 per passenger.  Passengers must be 4 years of age or older.  Tickets book up quickly for this special sail so call us at 269-637-8078 or visit to book your tickets today!

Annual Fish Boil


Enjoy a delicious Great Lakes Steelheaders Fish Boil dinner at the Michigan Maritime Museum campus! The annual Fish Boil will be held on July 16 from 5 to 8 pm.  This yearly event is a fundraiser on behalf of the Museum where local businesses and organizations come together to donate everything necessary- from the food to the tablecloths. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Museum! Join us for this family fun event with a lovely view of the harbor, an amazing summer meal and even better company! Tickets are $10.