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 2017/2018 Special Events Calendar for more details.

Upcoming Events

May 1 -- Michigan Maritime Museum is Open 7 Days a Week!

May 9 - 13 -- Friends Good Will at Tulip Time Festival

May 25 -- Blessing of the Fleet & Season Kick Off Event (featuring live performance by Lee Murdock)

May 26 -- 3rd Annual Harbor Walk to Fitness

Friends Good Will at Tulip Time


Friends Good Will is sailing into spring at Tulip Time 2018!


Dockside Tours: Dates & Times

Wednesday May 9    9 am -- 6 pm

Thursday May 10      9 am -- 6 pm

Friday May 11           9 am -- 6 pm

Saturday May 12      9 am -- 6 pm

Sunday May 13        10 am -- 4 pm


LocationBoatwerks East Dock 216 Van Raalte Ave Holland, MI 49423

Tickets: $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased only at the East Dock entrance gate to the ship.

Parking: Please use area public or street parking. The Boatwerks parking lot is reserved for restaurant patrons only.


For more information on this event: 

Friends Good Will at Tulip Time Festival

For more information on Tulip Time Festival

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Summer Kick-Off Event


Blessing of the Fleet & Season Kick-Off Picnic

Join the Michigan Maritime Museum for a celebration of the 2018 summer season. Festivities begin with out annual Blessing of the Fleet where tall ship Friends Good Will, Museum vessels, and other South Haven harbor boats are part of ceremony for a safe and successful season. The Blessing if followed by the kick-off picnic at the most picturesque location in the heart of the South Haven's Maritime District. It is from these docks that guests can watch Friends Good Will sail off the dock for the first public sail of the summer and enjoy live music from the legendary Lee Murdock. Come celebrate with us! 

Friday May 25th

5 pm --  8 pm

$15 Adults  $8 Kids (12 & under)(includes food & beverage, excludes cash bar)

Museum Members: $10 Adults   $5 Kids


3rd Annual Harbor Walk to Fitness


Please join the Michigan Maritime Museum for the 3rd Annual Harbor Walk to Fitness. The Harbor Walk runs from pier head to pier head in South Haven's Maritime District with historical information markers along the way. 

From start to finish it is roughly 3.2 miles (5k). A great way to get those 10,000 steps in and on your way to a healthy summer all while getting some great South Haven maritime history. There is no registration or fee for this event. Just come on out and start your season off the healthy way! 

Saturday May 26th 10 am to 12 pm.

For maps and further information visit our Harbor Walk to Fitness page.

37th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show


37th Antique & Classic Boat Show

June 16, 2018
10am – 4pm

The Antique & Classic Boat Show celebrates all kinds of boat types from wood and fiberglass to power and paddle and is one of the oldest and most popular of its kind in the region. The family-friendly event features a variety of boats including Chris Crafts, Centuries, strip-built boats, dinghies, canoes, sailboats, and much more! Kids’ toy boat-building and demonstrations make this event a real hands-on experience for all ages. Our aim is to help perpetuate the building, restoration, and use of classic boats and small craft and to give participants and the public an entertaining and informative learning experience.

The show is now in its 37th year and the Michigan Maritime Museum is honored to take the reins from the previous sponsors, the Traditional Small Craft Association. We hope to continue their wonderful legacy of showcasing classic and small craft as well as the people who love and care for these vessels. 

Cost for the show is $10 for adults and $5 for kids (under 3 free). Free for Museum members. The cost includes the show and admission to all Michigan Maritime Museum exhibits.

Exhibitor/Vendor Registration 

Maritime Music Concert Series


The Michigan Maritime Museum is hosting an ongoing monthly summer concert performance series focused on maritime music and interpretation on the Museum grounds!


June 27th -- Buoys of Bay City

July 25th -- Bocca Musica

August 29th -- TBA

5: 00 - 7:00 pm


Concerts will be included in regular Museum admission: Adults: $8, Seniors $7 & Kids (4+) $5.

Free to Museum members…making these unique, high-quality performances accessible to all!


For more information on the concerts and the artists visit our Maritime Music Concert Series page. 


Kid's STEM Camp


Looking for something fun and educations 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. The 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, and a cruise on the late 19th century replica river launch Lindy Lou.

There are only 12 spots available. Registration opens March 1st. The deadline to register is July 1st. To register or for more information, please contact Ashley Deming at or call 269-637-8078 ext.3.

July 23rd -- July 27th 

Half-day camp: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

2018 STEM Registration Form

Black River Open Paddle


Join Michigan Maritime Museum members, students, volunteers, and other paddlers for a beautiful fall paddle on the serene Black River in South Haven. Students of our Boat Building Classes are encouraged to participate with their class projects. Paddlers bring their own boats and leave from the Black River Park public boat launch for a leisurely paddle up the river and back. Paddlers are encouraged to visit the Museum after the event for refreshments. 

Registration is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and includes Museum admission. Registration is $8/$3 for members. 

Registration opens June 15th. 

Black River Park: E Wells St, South Haven, MI 49090

More information to come!