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

March 14 - WWII Lecture Series: Recovering History: WWII Pilot Training on Lake Michigan w/ speaker Troy Thrash, President & CEO Air Zoo

April 18 - WWII Lecture Series: Lake Huron Red Tails! The Tuskegee Airmen Project w/ speaker Wayne Lusardi, Underwater Archaeologist

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. 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


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). The cost includes the show and admission to all Michigan Maritime Museum exhibits.

Exhibitor/Vendor Registration 

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.

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

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!

"Lake Michigan's Call to Duty" Exhibit


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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