The Museum is now open at 10 am 7 days a week. Tickets are now available online for cruises and sails. We look forward to a great 2016 season!
Michigan Maritime Museum Spans Vast Shoreline
Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting Michigan's most distinguished institution of maritime research, preservation and education.
Five separate buildings offer a variety of engaging opportunities for the Museum visitor including permanent and changing exhibits on Michigan maritime history, a center for the teaching of boat building and related maritime skills, and a regionally renowned research library. Waterfront festivals and events are complemented by the hustle and bustle of a modern harbor and vast sandy beaches in one of west Michigan's most picturesque shoreline communities.
The sloop Friends Good Will promotes tourism in West Michigan by providing the public with a wide variety of cultural and educational experiences. The historic replica tall ship boasts an interactive, floating classroom that features science and history curriculum for students. Friends Good Will, fully U.S. Coast Guard approved for passengers, is available for day sails as well as private charters. Friends Good Will also makes several voyages to other ports during the sailing season.
Please see our Events page for information regarding all upcoming events and opportunities.
The Museum is now open 7 days a week at 10 am .
May 2 - Michigan Maritime Museum is now open!
May 20 - Wilhelm Baum Returns Ceremony
May 27 - Blessing of the Fleet & Season Kick-Off BBQ
May 28 - Harbor Walk to Fitness
June 11 - Arrival of USCG MLB 36460: Red Carpet Dock Reception
June 16 - Pirate Chaser Sails begin
June 18 - Classic Boat Show & Small Craft Festival
The new Harbor Walk markers have all been installed! Learn more about South Haven maritime heritage by walking pier to pier. For more information and a map, visit our Harbor Walk page.
Join us on Saturday May 28th from 10 am to 1 pm for the Harbor Walk to Fitness, the official opening of the Maritime District Harbor Walk! The Harbor Walk runs from pier head to pier head in South Haven's Maritime District with informational historical markers all along the way. From start to finish it is roughly 3.2 miles (5k). It is a great way to get those 10,000 steps in and get on your way to a healthy summer while experiencing South Haven maritime history!
There is no fee or sign up for this event- just show up!
Our historic commercial fish tug, the Evelyn S., is under wraps for the winter after being fully restored this past year.
Early next season the cover will be removed; a new interactive video station will be opened at the foot of the display, and once again the vessel will be available for visitors to step aboard and experience what it would have been like to be part of the local commercial fishing industry.
To see the restoration work and learn some of the rich history of Lake Michigan commercial fishing click on the video link below.