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By donating to the Michigan Maritime Museum, you are preserving the past and inspiring the future. Your gift supports education initiatives, exhibits, operating expenses, events, and so much more. Gifts are tax-deductible and you receive the satisfaction of knowing that you are safeguarding Michigan’s Great Lakes maritime history and heritage for generations to come. Giving to the Museum ensures our sustainability. Donations come in all shapes and sizes. Whether your donation is annual or a one-time gift, every dollar counts and is appreciated. Help make history come alive!

Current Areas of Need

Annual Appeal

Our 2021/2022 Annual Appeal has just begun! Your support towards the Annual Appeal helps with Museum operations such as education, staffing, utilities, exhibits, programs and much more. With the opening of the Maritime Heritage Center this coming year, we will be growing and more operational funds will be needed for the design and installation of our new exhibit, things like furniture and technology upgrades. Help us to take those initial steps into our future. Donate to the Annual Appeal.

Launching a Legacy Capital Campaign

Our momentum has picked up tremendously for the Launching a Legacy campaign. Construction has begun on the new Maritime Heritage Center that will open this summer and our Buy a Plank fundraiser is growing in popularity.  We are just under $1 million shy of our $8 million project goal and now is the time to take this across the finish line! Donate to Launching a Legacy today!

Ways to Give

Make a Donation Online

By Mail

To make a gift by mail, send a check to:

Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Avenue
South Haven, Michigan 49090

Launching a Legacy Capital Campaign

To donate to our capital campaign project, please visit our Launching a Legacy pages.

Tribute & Memorial Gifts

Consider honoring someone or celebrating a special occasion through a Tribute or Memorial gift. Simply fill out the information on our Donation Form.

Wire Transfers and Gifts of Securities

For information on how to make a gift by matching Foundation opportunities, wire transfers, or through stocks and securities, please contact Patti Montgomery Reinert, Executive Director.

Amazon Smile

Do you already shop on When you start shopping through Amazon Smile, with the Michigan Maritime Museum as your non-profit/charity of choice, Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase price to the Museum.  The link below will bring you directly to and automatically ask you if you would like to support the Museum. Start Shopping with Amazon Smile.

Leave Your Own Maritime Legacy

We invite you to join us in ensuring the future of the Michigan Maritime Museum as you consider leaving your own maritime legacy. We would be honored to work with you on planned gifts such as bequests, insurance policies and retirement accounts. If you would like more information on how you can leave your own maritime legacy, contact Patti Montgomery Reinert, Executive Director.

Donating Artifacts

The Museum has a strict donation policy for all collections material. Please contact or call us at (269) 637-8078 ext. 3 if you would like to donate an item to our collection. The Museum will not accept items without prior arrangements.