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Campus Exhibits

From hands-on exhibits at an authentic waterfront campus to historically immersive experiences aboard an on-water fleet, the Michigan Maritime Museum has something for every Great Lakes enthusiast.  

Five separate structures 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 fleet of period and replica vessels available to visitors for on-water experiences. 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.

Lake Michigan's Call to Duty

Explore the role Lake Michigan played during WWII

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Motor Lifeboat 36460

Discover the amazing journey of this incredible boat

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Launching A Legacy

The journey continues with you

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Herbert Van Oort Boathouse

Find out about US Coast Guard vessels on the Great Lakes

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USCG South Haven Outbuilding

Learn about the US Life Saving Service and nautical knot tying.

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Evelyn S. Fish Tug

Discover the history of Great Lakes commercial fishing

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Padnos Boat Shed

Our workshop for vessel maintenance, classes, and more!

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Jensen Annex

Enjoy the nostalgia of antique and classic outboards

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Our Fleet

Five on-water vessel exhibits located at the Museum docks

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