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

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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Auburn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My wife and I went to this museum after she saw the good reviews it had and since we're both from Michigan, we like to know as much history as we can. There are many historical artifacts throughout the museum. It's really cool to see how ships operated back then and the men who worked on them. We had a... More 

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Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We loved being able to board the Friends Good Will and get a tour; we also enjoyed the special shipwrecks exhibit. The knot tying shack was neat, too, though some of the ropes were broken.

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Grove City, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This facility was nice and had some interesting attractions, but just didn't have a large number of displays that kept my teens interested. It isn't very expensive, but does not offer a great deal, we only spent about an hour tops there. Nice, but only to stop by if you are there, wouldn't travel specifically to see it.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The Michigan Maritime Museum is a must see for vacationers who want other options besides going the beach. The exhibits are very well organized and informative tells the history of shipwrecks/voyages along Lake Michigan. They have a main campus with other buildings situated along the harbor that are also open for self-guided tours. They offer cruises aboard the Friends Good... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very well done. Friendly people and awesome delivery on the history of South Haven. Recommend buying the "Lure of the Lights" CD about lighthouses! The tour was free with the purchase of a $20 river boat ride.

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Southwest Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

While in South Haven, you must see the Tall Ship, Friends Good Will at the Michigan Maritime Museum. If you have the opportunity, take a sail on it. The sunset one is the best. Lots of other things to see at the museum, too.

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Interesting local historic museum worth a visit to see what happened on the lake (Sea) I still can't believe it's fresh water! Many wrecks and missing plane explained and the history of Singapore the town that disappeared under the dunes.

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