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Michigan Maritime Museum

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Address: 260 Dyckman Ave., South Haven, MI 49090
Phone Number: 800-747-3810; 269-637-8078
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Recounts Lake Michigan's nautical history using models and real boats.

Recounts Lake Michigan's nautical history using models and real boats.

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A "Must See" attraction in South Haven

We arrived at the Museum on a Sunday morning. The exhibits are very well done and informative. The highlight of the outing was the Friends Good Will, a 101 foot long working... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

By pure luck both times we were in South Haven happened to be when they had their fish boil. This is a fundraiser that the museum does and let me tell you it is outstanding. The food is great, the atmosphere is fun and relaxed, and the kids love it. Even if you don't make the boil, be sure to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My childrens' dad is a Vietnam vet. For the first time, my daughter and I had time to stop and explore this gem in Frankenmuth. Instead of generalities, typical of many museums, this one has taken the time to feature Michigan's military personnel, alive and gone. Many visitors have been honored to see displays featuring their uniforms and military experiences,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Great place to visit. Workers very nice and knowledgeable.Did not see the whole museum due to so much to see. Will return. It is right on a river and what a restful place.I like seeing everything but time flew.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We arrived at the Museum on a Sunday morning. The exhibits are very well done and informative. The highlight of the outing was the Friends Good Will, a 101 foot long working replica of a ship that plied the waters of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. We walked out on the pier where it was docked, expecting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

The highlight of this museum is its boat rides. We took a Lake Michigan ride on the Friends Good Will, a replica of an early 1800's Great Lakes cargo ship, and were pressed into service hoisting its sails, which was fun. The costumed historian gave a memorable accounting of the original ship's history and varied roles in the war of... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

You can sail aboard the Friend's Goodwill ship by booking through the Michigan Maritime Museum. I have been coming to South Haven every year since I was a kid and I'm 27 now. I remember walking on this boat and when I was younger and loving it. HOWEVER, they crammed a whole bunch of people onto the Sunset Cruise and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Our experience was horrible. The sailing should have been cancelled and money should have been refunded. The lake was so rough, you couldn't move on the ship, just hold on for dear life and that was it. Seriously. People were sick (pleasant), even our 5 year old was saying all the way though the "40 minute waist of money" "this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We sailed on The Friends Good Will. I got to pull the rope to raise the inner jib sail. Made the trip seem special.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The museum is fun to explore. Never realized how many shipwrecks are just off the coast line of West Michigan.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were in town on vacation with family and looking for something to do. The Maritime Museum was well worth a couple of hours. The main building holds exhibits on maritime history, particularly ship wrecks. Over the years there were an incredible number of wrecks on the lake and specifically around South Haven. Thankfully navigation and safety is much better... More 

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