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.

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Each sail or cruise ticket includes Museum admission.

At the Michigan Maritime Museum, we are more than just a boat ride!

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Admissions

Below is the Museum admission and Friends Good Will boarding price schedule.

Price Schedule Adult Senior Child
Museum Admission
Dockside boarding of Friends Good Will is included with Museum Admission if the vessel is in port & crew members are available.
$8.00 $7.00 $5.00

Free Museum Admission:

  • All Museum Members.
  • All educators, showing school identification.
  • Children, under 4 years of age.

2017 Admission Specials:

  • Save receipt after visiting the Museum & receive $2 off admission to Air Zoo. June - September 2017.
  • Museum Members show membership card & receive 50% off admission to Air Zoo. June - September 2017.​ 

Learn more about Air Zoo!

  • In correlation with the opening of our new exhibit, Lake Michigan's Call to Duty, the Museum is offering a special admission price of $5 for all veterans and active duty military.

Friends Good Will Ticket Prices

Stand at the bow of Friends Good Will, feel the wind on your face, hear the crack of her billowing sails and her 6-pound pivot cannon, Do more than imagine how seamen felt as they set sail for uncharted courses...experience it for yourself!

Sailing Schedule 4 years old or above
Day Sails - 1 1/2 hour cruise
May 27th - September 30th - 1:15 pm & 3:15 pm
$35/person
Sunset Cruise -2 hour cruise
May 26th - September 30th 
$42/person
Pirate Chaser Sail - 1 1/2 hour cruise
June 15th - September 2nd
$37/person

 

Check the Friends Good Will Sailing Schedule

Reserve your ticket today! 

 

Lindy Lou Ticket Prices

Hop aboard Lindy Lou for a relaxing cruise on South Haven's Black River. This electric-powered launch is suitable for all ages and is fun for every member of the family!

Cruising Schedule All ages

1 hour cruise

12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, & 4:30 pm

$20/person

 

Check the Lindy Lou Cruise Schedule 

Reserve your seat today!

 

USCG Motor Lifeboat Ticket Prices

Where history meets Hollywood! Experience a short on-water excursion on the Museum's USCG Motor Lifeboat 36460!

Motor Lifeboat Schedule 4 years old or above

20-minute excursions

10:45 am, 11:45 am, 12:45 pm,

1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, & 3:45 pm

$15/person

 

Call the Museum (269) 637-8078 for availability or to reserve your ticket today! 

Facility Rentals

Michigan Maritime Museum Campus $1,000 per day
Light Keeper's House Grounds $1,000 per day
Museum Gallery $150 per hour
Friends Good Will Private Charter Sunset Sail $1,176 (2 hours)
Friends Good Will Private Charter Day Sail $980 (1.5 hours)
Lindy Lou Private Charter River Cruise $240 (1 hour)

 

Call or contact info@michiganmaritimemuseum.org 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.