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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.

All exhibits are currently closed due to ongoing construction. Thank you for your understanding during these exciting times of growth.

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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