Museum Breaks Ground for New Maritime Heritage Center Building
We are excited to announce that we raised the funds to start construction on our new Maritime Heritage Center building. Demo of the existing Museum visitor center and new construction will begin in early September. Museum buildings will be CLOSED beginning September 7th. We will continue to operate Friends Good Will and Lindy Lou through the month of September. Please see our ticket pages for schedule and availability. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who have helped us get this far. Let’s keep up the momentum for Phase II!
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.
A Community Making it Happen!
This summer the Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation launched a matching grant fundraising campaign to help us reach our financial goal and start construction on the new Maritime Heritage Center building this fall. We are proud to announce that, because of the support we received from our community and membership we met the match and raised over $45,000 towards the matching grant for a total of $90,000. A huge thanks to those that donated and to the South Haven Community Foundation in helping us reach our goal!
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.