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Education Programs2021-12-09T11:43:35-05:00

Set a Course for Learning!

The Michigan Maritime Museum prides itself on our ability to bring quality educational experiences to the public. The Museum offers a variety of educational options for school and education groups while visiting our campus. Our educators bring history to life through hands-on activities, interactive exhibit tours, and maritime history and science lessons about our Great Lakes–past and present. Students and visitors are immersed in multi-sensory experiences while visiting the authentic maritime landscape of the Museum campus and buildings as well as our on-water fleet.

Education Sails

We are now booking educational excursions aboard our On-Water Fleet for May, early June, and September. Have your students experience history through immersive, hands-on activities, make lasting memories, have fun and learn too!

K-12 Programs

Available beginning September 2022

Bring your school, class, or educational group to the MMM and experience maritime history first-hand! Our exhibits cover a wide variety of Great Lakes maritime history topics accessible to students of all ages. Make history come alive for your students!

Cost: $3 per student

Length: Groups should plan on an average of 1.5-2 hours for a visit. Bagged lunches are welcome.

To receive the educational group rate, visits must be booked in advance through the Director of Education at (269) 637-8078 ext. 3.

Available beginning September 2022

Our educators provide hands-on, interactive tours perfect for any age student. These 1-1.5 hour tours lead students through the majority of Museum exhibits that range from changing exhibits to historic commercial fishing. This tour also includes a dockside tour of tall ship Friends Good Will when she is in port and available.

Cost: $5 per student

Length: 1-1.5 hours

Group Size: Min= 10, Max= 100

To receive the educational group tour rate, visits must be booked in advance through the Director of Education at (269) 637-8078 ext. 3.

Friends Good Will and Campus Program

Chart your course for learning and adventure with our Friends Good Will shipboard programming. This program combines hands-on, place-based learning both on the water and off. Students have the opportunity to be part of the crew aboard Friends Good Will while learning about shipboard life, weather, navigation, and team building. The ~1.5 hour on-water program is coupled with a corresponding program on the Museum’s campus with a variety of hands-on learning activities. See program options below.

Availability: Weekdays in Late May-Early June and September. If your group is interested in a weekend date during these times, contact the Museum to discuss options.

Cost: $500 per sail

Length: ~3 hours

Group Size: Min=15, Max= 26 (Friends Good Will has a maximum capacity of 28 persons. Each group of 26 students requires 2 chaperones.)

Grade Level: While we can adapt our programming to most age groups, these programs are best suited for 3-5 grade levels.

Early Michigan History

Step aboard history with our Early Michigan History program. Students will learn about the Great Lakes in the early 19th century, the fur trade, a sailor’s daily life, knot tying, traditional navigation techniques, and even sing a sea shanty!

Weather Science

How does the weather effect a ship? What are the characteristics of a wave? How can we predict a storm? We’ll address all of these questions and more with our weather science program. Students will investigate new and traditional weather predicting technology and help to sail to boat around a mock storm during an experiment aboard. They will also get a chance to observe and record current weather, make their own compass, and build a weather vane. 

Students will learn about the history of Great Lakes commercial fishing, native and invasive species, and how humans can impact an ecosystem through a variety of hands-on activities and lessons. This program also includes a tour aboard the Museums’s 1939 gill net fish tug Evelyn S.

Cost: $5 per students

Length: 2 hours

Group Size: 30

Grade Levels: K-5

Semper Paratus! Your students will always be ready for this program that combines history and science. Students learn about the history of the US Life Saving Service and US Coast Guard as well as examine the design and engineering of one of the most complete collections of wooden rescue boats in the country. Hands-on activities include knot tying, buoyancy, tin foil boat building, and more!

Cost: $5 per students

Length: 2 hours

Group Size: 30

Grade Levels: 3-5

Available October-April

Can’t make it to the Michigan Maritime Museum? We’ll come to you! Our Ship to Shore program is designed to introduce students to early Great Lakes maritime history in a fun and interactive way. Students will learn about the commands on a vessel like the Museum’s Friends Good Will, the life of a sailor, the fur trade, play nautically themed games, and sing a sea shanty.

Cost: $100 for the first class, $50 for additional classes up to three per day with no more than an hour in between classes. *Mileage may be added for any distance farther than 30 miles from the Museum.

Length: 60 minutes

Group Size: Can be adapted for a classroom or assembly 

Grade Level: K-5

We offer a variety of special educational program offerings throughout the year for K-12 and beyond including our Internship Program and STEAM Summer Camp. Please see our Events Calendar for upcoming classes and programs.

Want to create something just for your group? We can tailor our programs and offerings to suit your needs. Contact us to find out how.

To book a program with the Museum and all questions regarding Museum education programs, please contact Director of Education, Ashley Deming at 269-637-8078 ext. 3 or email

Education Resources

We’ve created some extra resources for students, parents and teachers to engage their mini maritimers at home. These include coloring pages, activity sheets, and links to activities and video content. We’re going to continue to create content to keep students engaged, so keep checking in with us!