Welcome to the Michigan Maritime Museum!


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.

Experience living history on Lake Michigan aboard the historic replica tall ship Friends Good Will! 2017 Friends Good Will tickets & schedule are now available online!  Purchase a Friends Good Will gift certificate in time for the Holidays or get tickets online while planning for your next vacation or day trip to South Haven. The sloop Friends Good Will promotes tourism in West Michigan by providing the public with a wide variety of cultural and educational experiences. Friends Good Will is available for day sails, sunset sails, and private charters as well! 

The Michigan Maritime Museum: We Are More Than Just a Boat Ride!

Upcoming Events


Join us Saturday December 17th from 11 am to noon for Christmas at the historic Keeper's House. There will be a children's book reading of the Christmas Tree Ship, hot coca, Christmas tree cookies, sledding & a little nautical shopping. The event is free to attend. Donations are appreciated. Enjoy Christmas at the Keeper's House this holiday season.

Please see our Events page for further details and information regarding all upcoming events and opportunities.

December 10 - MMM Lecture Series: "Bayview to Mackinac: The Improbable Victory of R-Class Racing Yacht Bernida" Speaker Al Declerq & Author Jim Spurr

December 17 - Christmas at the Keeper's House

January 5 - Night for the Museums: Clementine's 

New Exhibit Coming Soon!


After the 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. This exhibit highlights this vast mobilization for war embraced by the Lake Michigan region.

The Public Grand Opening of the New Exhibit: Lake Michigan's Call to Duty will be on April 22nd, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm.


New On-Water Experience for 2017!


Experience History and Hollywood!

You will be able to experience a short excursion on the Museum's USCG 36460 motor life boat come summer 2017!   The 36460 starred in the Disney film The Finest Hours and represented the 36500 that accomplished the daring rescue of the Pendleton in 1952.

The days the USCG 36460 goes out have yet to be announced but, will go out on the hour starting at 11:45 am until 3:45 pm.  Trips last 30 minutes with up to 6 passengers.  Tickets are $15 per person.  Tickets will be available for purchase online after the 1st of the year. Call the Museum at (269) 637-8078 for more information.


The boats are all tucked in for the winter and the snow is starting to fall, but there is still lots of activity & plenty of volunteer opportunities at the Michigan Maritime Museum! Even though the Museum galleries are currently closed as we are in the process of building a new exhibit for the 2017 season, the Museum is open for special events. Office staff can be reached Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm or by appointment.