Michigan Maritime Museum
Michigan Maritime Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We strive to preserve, interpret, and invite the public to experience and learn about our Great Lakes maritime heritage from our Museum in South Haven.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Dianne J
    Culver, Indiana18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    excellent maritime history and fun boat rides
    I could have spent the day here. This is wonderful for history, learning, and great food right next door. First day of our trip we went here visiting the historic boats and ships. we took a ride on Friends Goodwill, a sloop still in service but sailing like it originally did. I will bring more friends here, even though it's over a 2 hour drive for me.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Traveler918
    West Des Moines, Iowa231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed the museum, but not our Lindy Lou boat excursion
    The maritime museum reopened in a new building about a year ago and the current exhibit on steamship travel across the Great Lakes is excellent. Interactive portions will entertain kids and adults will enjoy reading about this era as they walk through the "rooms" of a steamship. The museum also offers, for an additional cost, rides on any of 4 vessels. Some go out to Lake Michigan and others stick to the Black River. We decided to add on a trip on the Lindy Lou down the Black River, and unfortunately, didn't enjoy that nearly as much as the museum. We had expected our pilot to chat about the rich history of South Haven and how the town has changed over time, but while the pilot was pleasant enough, he pointed out only a few landmarks and we rode in silence for most of the hour-long trip. The scenery doesn't change much (you're basically looking at boats moored along both sides of the river most of the time) so ... that was a long hour.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Rene' H
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done and very affordable! A must do!!
    This really should be in the # 1 slot for things to do. The nominal fee to enter was more than worth it. The main building recently opened and is very informative with artifacts and displays. There are 3 out buildings with a 4th opening soon. These are all well done, as well. A chat on the Tall Ship Friends Goodwill was informative. Be sure to take a water cruise (not operating on the day we visited). Highly recommend this wonderful gem in South Haven!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Tripgals
    Indianapolis, Indiana14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem in South Haven
    This museum completed a remodel to the main building during Covid and it's beautiful. There is a lot to see elsewhere on the grounds, but for this visit we focused on the wonderful immersive and interactive exhibit in the Heritage Center about the Great Lakes steamships. These amazing ships dominated travel and commerce on the lakes prior to the inception of the automobile and interstate system and were every bit as elegant as the Titanic. Outside the main building you can explore (or cruise on) both replicas and historic vessels, learn all about the coast guard, small water craft or just sit and enjoy the view of the marina. We have visited multiple times over the years and are never disappointed.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 6, 2024
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Izzy19
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We came in from out of state for a birthday vacation. Upon looking into things to do for the week, we found the pirate sail at the Maritime Museum which sounded like a fun afternoon. When checking the website, it does give the option to purchase tickets online, yet when adding the tickets to my cart for the available day/time/quantity of tickets, I would get error code 550 upon check out and I was never able to purchase the tickets via website in advance. This happened multiple times when attempting to make a purchase via online. Also, I was curious what the policy was if purchased tickets ahead of time and weather became a factor. I did not see any information stating the policy for this specifically for the boat tours if purchased in advance as the boat tour prices are pricey per ticket (understandable) knowing the cancellation policy due to weather would be comforting to know. The hours for contacting (phone, messaging, etc.) information regarding the boat tours are limited so be sure to check if calling as certain boat tours have certain days and times they run specifically. For example, the pirate ship sail for kiddos runs at 11am. For history geeks :), the museum admission is included when you purchase a boat tour ticket!
Written August 4, 2022
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Traveler918
West Des Moines, IA231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The maritime museum reopened in a new building about a year ago and the current exhibit on steamship travel across the Great Lakes is excellent. Interactive portions will entertain kids and adults will enjoy reading about this era as they walk through the "rooms" of a steamship.

The museum also offers, for an additional cost, rides on any of 4 vessels. Some go out to Lake Michigan and others stick to the Black River. We decided to add on a trip on the Lindy Lou down the Black River, and unfortunately, didn't enjoy that nearly as much as the museum. We had expected our pilot to chat about the rich history of South Haven and how the town has changed over time, but while the pilot was pleasant enough, he pointed out only a few landmarks and we rode in silence for most of the hour-long trip. The scenery doesn't change much (you're basically looking at boats moored along both sides of the river most of the time) so ... that was a long hour.
Written August 20, 2023
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corinne O
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The museum is small but lots of info and beautiful boats.
Jim who is a part of the crew on the tall ship shared his knowledge of history of the ships prior. to going aboard. We took the ride on the Friends Good Will Tall ship out into Lk Michigan, which we very much enjoyed. The crew was Awesome ! The staff dressed in period clothes which gave a glimpse into the life of a great Lakes sailor. We had the opportunity to assist the crew take down the sails. We were able to go below deck to see the bunks. I highly recommend.
Written September 6, 2022
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Dawn M
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We did the 1:15 pm day sail on a cool, sunny June day. The sail was wonderful and the crew, who dress in period costume, were entertaining and informative. We learned about the history of the ship, were taken below deck to see the living quarters, and were allowed to take the helm for a bit. We spent an hour or so in the museum afterward. It was also very informative, but the sail really made the experience worthwhile.
Written June 13, 2023
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Jess
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Had a great time on the Pirate Ship Cruise at the Michigan Maritime Museum. Great acotó it’s for kids and adults!. They let you steer the ship, give the kiddos “treasure” afterwords and know a lot about Great Lakes history for the adults. Great experience and a great way to spend a summer day on the water.
Written September 16, 2022
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Kathy L
Crawfordsville, IN388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The old structure was functional but cramped. This new building is large , bright and inviting. The build opened July of 2022. The exhibits exemplifies the importance of the steamship routes in the Great Lakes for Commerce and People transportation. Many segments are hands on, allowing you to be a part of the exhibit. The outbuildings contain historic examples of Coastguard Lake based rescue ships and the stories of heroism. You can take tours on the Black River and also sail out to lake Michigan on a 3 mast sailboat. The volunteers are passionate about their museum. The harbor views are spectacular.
Written October 13, 2022
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Rene' H
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This really should be in the # 1 slot for things to do. The nominal fee to enter was more than worth it. The main building recently opened and is very informative with artifacts and displays. There are 3 out buildings with a 4th opening soon. These are all well done, as well. A chat on the Tall Ship Friends Goodwill was informative. Be sure to take a water cruise (not operating on the day we visited). Highly recommend this wonderful gem in South Haven!!
Written August 24, 2023
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Doug B
Indianapolis, IN41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The museum staff is friendly. the US Coast Guard boats are unique... I've never seen any USCG them in any other maritime museum, and I've been to many a maritime museums. The covid situation but a bit of damper on the boat tours, as you had to charter the entire boat. Was a bit disapointed that the lightning sailboat wasn't available to see due to flooding and such. But it's worth the price of admission and the time to walk around a bit.
Written August 3, 2020
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Tripgals
Indianapolis, IN14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This museum completed a remodel to the main building during Covid and it's beautiful. There is a lot to see elsewhere on the grounds, but for this visit we focused on the wonderful immersive and interactive exhibit in the Heritage Center about the Great Lakes steamships. These amazing ships dominated travel and commerce on the lakes prior to the inception of the automobile and interstate system and were every bit as elegant as the Titanic. Outside the main building you can explore (or cruise on) both replicas and historic vessels, learn all about the coast guard, small water craft or just sit and enjoy the view of the marina. We have visited multiple times over the years and are never disappointed.
Written May 6, 2024
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thefamily3
Lafayette, IN395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Nice display of maritime ships and info about them. Loved the tall ship that u could ride on and crew was very informative and fun to talk to. Glad we choose to visit !
Written September 26, 2020
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