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Michigan Maritime Museum

260 Dyckman Ave., South Haven, MI 49090
800-747-3810; 269-637-8078
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Ranked #4 of 10 attractions in South Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Recounts Lake Michigan's nautical history using models and real boats.
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South Bend, Indiana
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107 reviews 107 reviews
49 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

My daughter and I were doing the standard Lake Michigan tourist town faire when I picked up a pamplet on this museum. We walked down to it and gave it a look. It was a little on the pricey side for 1 adult and a child, but that's fine. The main building has a lot of interesting information about the... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I was excited to stop here since our four-day trip was a shopping-fueled affair that left me exhausted. As soon as we entered the first room, however, I didn't feel like we should have stopped. The displays are good, neat old documents, firearms, and models of ships, but the museum is very reading-heavy. There is a kids' area, but I... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

THe Coast Guard boats were interesting. I exspecially liked going through old fishing boat. I had seen alot of them years ago but not on inside up close. That has to have been hard job.

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Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We visited the museum on the day their tall ship was heading to Chicago for the big Tall Ships Festival. So we didn't get to sail (maybe next time?) but we were able to watch the last minute preparations as it began its journey. It was fun to watch! The museum is small but has much information including a lot... More

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Cincinnati
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We spent a rainy morning here. The museum's main exhibition is devoted to the War of 1812, giving a lot of information from a variety of perspectives. It's very text-heavy and not always where I wanted it. Labels with the texts of faded documents would have been helpful. There's an interactive room for kids; adults and kids can try their... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We took the Lindy Loo river cruise and enjoyed learning about the history of the area. There were only six of us on the cruise, which was nice, and they provided the children a scavenger hunt sheet to keep they involved. The only negative...when we got off and were leaving a young couple came in off the street and asked... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have a smattering of opinions on this little museum. I got to South Haven in the midst of windstorm so I needed something to do indoors. The sign out front says "Open 10-8* Daily," or something very similar to that. Great! I thought. I walked up to the door at about 6:00 and the place had closed at 5.... More

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South Haven, Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum's biggest draw is it's Tall Ship, The Friends Good Will. It takes visitors on Lake Michigan during the day, dinner and a sunset cruise. They have excellent presentations of other Great Lakes rescue ships and exhibits which change regularly. It's a very good Museum and good way to spend an afternoon after a day at the beach.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

If you like Great Lakes History, this is well worth it. We spent only an hour here, but could have spent more. Staff was nice, location on the water with boats to ride on if it fits your schedule or just look at the boats they have on display.

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

There was not a lot to see, but we learned quite a bit. They give harbor tours, and the gift shop is great.

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