Bernida’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the 100 year legacy of this elegant vessel with us all season long! Events include a special lecture, a new featured exhibit, kids’ rain gutter regatta, raffle for a private charter aboard Bernida, and a birthday bash to finish the season off with a bang. Join us as we commemorate the incredible story of Bernida that spans a century. For more information and details, visit our Events Calendar.
Make History Come Alive!
From hands-on exhibits on our authentic waterfront campus to historically immersive experiences aboard our on-water fleet, the Michigan Maritime Museum has something for every Great Lakes enthusiast.
Step into the role of an early Michigan sailor aboard tall ship Friends Good Will, salute the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard in our Coast Guard boat house, or simply sit and enjoy the bustling harbor from our docks located in the heart of South Haven’s Maritime District. The Michigan Maritime Museum is one of the Great Lakes premiere destinations to experience freshwater maritime heritage as you explore our exhibits both on and off the water.
Five separate structures offer a variety of engaging opportunities for the Museum visitor, including permanent and changing exhibits on Michigan maritime history, a workshop for the teaching boat-building and related maritime skills, and a fleet of period and replica vessels available to visitors for on-water experiences. Waterfront festivals and events are complemented by a quaint harbor atmosphere in one of west Michigan’s most picturesque shoreline communities.
Match for Match
On June 17, 2021, the Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation announced that it is launching its second matching grant fundraising campaign to support funding of the planned expansion at the Michigan Maritime Museum. From now until September 30, 2021, the SHCF will match, dollar for dollar, all donations made to The Foundation for the project, up to $45,000, for a total contribution of $90,000 towards the local museums’ new Maritime Heritage Center. For more on how to have your support matched, visit the Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation.
Help Us With Our Recovery
We need your help. From Covid-19 to high water, help us with our ongoing recovery from the economic challenges of 2020. Learn more about how you can support our efforts. Together, we can make it.