Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

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Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Children's Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum brings history to life with digital storytelling, authentic images and artifacts, and engaging interactive exhibits that entertain, enlighten, and inspire a deeper appreciation for the region’s maritime history. Located in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this family-friendly, three-story museum overlooks Lake Michigan’s wild shoreline, Ludington’s iconic North Pier Light, and the historic carferry Badger, extending the maritime experience beyond its doors in this vacation wonderland. The museum is operated by the Mason County Historical Society, which also operates the nearby Historic White Pine Village.
Suggested duration
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4.5
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Chris H
Grand Rapids, MI1,151 contributions
A Great museum of the sea
Sep 2021
A nice large 3 story building that used to house the coast guard, now is home to a Maritime Museum. When you enter there's a display that almost looks holographic. It's just a well hidden tv screen, that displays a sea captain welcoming you.  There's a large model of the pilot house of a great ship behind the welcoming. There's lots of displays that talk about all fathoms of the local Maritime history. Old lighthouse lights, models of cargo ships. There is a model room that has models of all the lighthouses in the United States. Moving up stairs there is models of old sailing ships from a bunch of different countries. There is also artifacts from shipwrecks and how the ships sank. Also on that floor is a simulator where you can try driving a cargo ship, it is actually very hard! On the top floor you have the history of the local Coast Guard.

I got a combo ticket for here and White Pines Historic Village for $22. The lady at the desk was very helpful and nice to talk to.

Overall an easy 5 star review. Would I return? Absolutely, very informative and lots of fun.
Written October 27, 2021
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Dave48838
Greenville, MI456 contributions
Don't Miss It
Oct 2021
Maritime Museum. Housed in a historic Coast Guard building, this museum exudes authenticity. We parked on the wide street and were greeted by a friendly attendant who took admission and explained the lay out of the building. There are three floors. To see all the displays, a visitor might spend half a day. The first floor focuses on the car ferry industry. It includes the inception, growth, mergers and development of the business. There are several biographies of important people told electronically. There is also a small theater with three continuously shown short films which are worth watching. The second floor (accessible by elevator) focuses on navigation, storms and ship wrecks in Lake Michigan. The highlight is the pilot house. Visitors can virtually navigate and bring a big ship in the harbor. (I wrecked two boats before I made it.) The third floor has interesting information about the Ludington area. So you know there is too much to absorb in a short time. If I were to do it over, I would start on the third floor and work my way down. The electronic presentations, including virtual experiences are excellent and professional. I could not believe that a county historical society could achieve so much. This is a must.
Written October 21, 2021
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Tommy599
Two Rivers, WI699 contributions
A well appointed attraction which you need at least 2 hours in
Sep 2021
1 Sept 21 - Headed over to the former 1934 Coast Guard Station (new one is built along side the old). The older station has been transformed into the Ludington Maritime Museum and is filled within its three stories as one well-appointed establishment.
Beyond the typical Coast Guard fare the majority of the museum is dedicated to the Car Ferry history (ferries went out of Ludington mainly as rail car transport to and from the three cities of Milwaukee / Manitowoc / Kewaunee, Wisconsin). The second big attraction at the museum centers on the SHIPWRECKS of the coast of Michigan.
Written October 7, 2021
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mscott1211
Manistee, MI91 contributions
Wonderful history of Lake Michigan shipwrecks and shipping and lumbering times
Aug 2021 • Couples
We decided to visit the Martime Museum in Ludington. Me being a former scuba diver I enjoyed the information on Lake Michigan shipwrecks! I have actually dove in a few of the wrecks displayed . We spent about a hour and 1/2 walking through the 3 floors of exhibits and enjoyed everything on display. I eve got a chance to steal a large boat like the badger into Ludington Harbor! (Simulation) . But in all it was nice to visit and spend time looking over all the displays.
Written August 26, 2021
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Tim J
Tipp City, OH92 contributions
Great museum of the history of shipping, and wrecks on the lake
Jul 2021
This is a 3-story museum with many exhibits and lots of interaction with displays. It is almost too much to take in with 1 visit. Plan on several hours at least,
Written August 12, 2021
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Winnie
Vero Beach, FL563 contributions
Outstanding
Sep 2019 • Couples
Great maritime history of the Great Lakes especially the car railroad ferry systems. Housed in the old coast guard station it’s full of information on the area. The interactive steer the badger is great fun. Nice gift shop
Written September 26, 2019
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Chris L
Sparta, MI57 contributions
Kind of neat
Aug 2019
Priced a little high for what you get, but had some nice stuff. lighthouse models and a huge panarama model of the area were neat. like facts and models about the badger. had a bunch of model ships.
Written September 6, 2019
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gehringj66az
Portage Lakes, OH133 contributions
History of Lake Michigan car ferries.
Aug 2019 • Solo
If you're into this you can spend a couple of hours studying the exhibits and talking to the. employees and volunteers. They will probably have time to give you their undivided attention. Steer a Lake Michigan car ferry into Ludington harbor. To a history buff like myself, that all these archives have survived mishaps, shipwrecks, and time, is amazing. his is an excellent museum.
Written August 10, 2019
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Thank you for the kind review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the museum!
Written August 13, 2019
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spatts
Kalamazoo, MI271 contributions
Very surprised how professiona, informative, and diverse the exhibits
Jun 2019 • Couples
Rainy day plus advice from our B&B hostess made this destination something we hadn't planned on. But what a nice surprise! Wondered if the $11 adult entry fee would be worth it, but it definitely was. Interesting exhibits, a couple interactive experiences, lots of history about the great lakes, ferries, coast guard, shipwrecks, lighthouses, maritime technology movie, lighthouse and wooden ship models and a souvenir shop. We decided to forego a planned trip later that week to the shipwreck museum 6 hours away in the UP simply because this visit satisfied our curiosity about similar topics. Great for adults and kids.
Written July 4, 2019
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qqtt
Selestat, France336 contributions
Brandnew and awesome maritime museum
May 2019 • Couples
We have just loved walking through the very informative exhibitions of this museum. We enjoyed the "real life steering" of the boat (interactive game) and the beautifully laid out exhibitions.
Written May 26, 2019
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