Plan Your Visit

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 boatbuilding 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.

Friends Good Will is a tall ship sailing out of the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, Michigan. The square topsail sloop is a replica of a ship of that name that fought for both the US and Great Britain during the War of 1812. The ship takes regularly scheduled sails on Lake Michigan from mid-May through mid-September, with crew dressed in full 1812 era regalia . During the summer months special “Pirate Chaser Adventure Sails” are scheduled for the younger set Wednesday though Saturday. For details and reservations call 269-637-8078 or purchase tickets online.

Lindy Lou is an electric river launch that cruises up and down the Black River, starting at and returning to the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. The launch is a recreation vessel designed to be a replica of river launches found in South Haven in the early 1900's. The launch cruises daily from May through October. For details and reservations, call 269-637-8078 or purchase tickets online.

Bernida is a prizewinning 1921 R Class yacht taking four passengers for sails on Lake Michigan. Call the museum for instructions for booking directly with a captain.


Each ticket for a sail or cruise includes Museum admission. At the Michigan Maritime Museum, we're more than just a boat ride!


Members receive free admission to the Museum, as do children under 4 years of age.

All educators showing school identification will receive free admission!
Below is the Museum admission and Friends Good Will boarding price schedule.

Price Schedule Adult Child Senior
Museum Admission
Dockside boarding of Friends Good Will is included with museum admission if the vessel is in port
during summer season
$8.00 $5.00 $7.00

Friends Good Will Ticket Prices

Sail aboard Friends Good Will during our 2017 Sailing Season.  Choose a Pirate Chaser, Day Sail, or a Sunset Cruise  (must be 4 years old or above).  Reserve your spot today!


Sail Schedule 4 years old or above
Day Sails - 1 1/2 hour cruise
May (Memorial Weekend) - October 1st - 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm
Sunset Cruise -2 hour cruise
May (Memorial Weekend) - October 1st 
Pirate Chaser Sail - 1 1/2 hour cruise
June 16 - September (Labor Day)

Check the Sailing Schedule for times and availability of cruises offered.  Limited to 28 passengers per cruise, so reserve your ticket today!

Lindy Lou Ticket Prices

Cruise the Black River aboard Lindy Lou! The electric-powered launch is suitable for all ages.

One-hour cruises are available up to 5 times a day. Check the Cruise Schedule for times.

Tickets are only $20 per person. Reserve your seat today!

Facility Rentals

Michigan Maritime Museum Campus - $1,000 (per day). Lightkeeper's House Grounds - $1,000 (per day). Museum Gallery - $150 (per hour). Friends Good Will Charter Sail - $1,176 (sunset 2 hrs.). Friends Good Will Charter Sail - $980 (1 1/2 hr. day sail). Lindy Lou river charter - $240 (1 hr.).

Call for more details and to let us assist you in personalizing your special event or outing!

Welcoming Environment

The Michigan Maritime Museum has an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, age, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender & gender identification, disability, marital status, or any other characteristics protected by law.