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Michigan Maritime Museum

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Address: 260 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090-1065
Phone Number: 800-747-3810; 269-637-8078
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Description:

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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Lindy Lou

Enjoyed the boat ride on the river in the Lindy Lou. Fun and informative. Relaxing time on the river.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Faren451
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Summit, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting displays of life on the lake; commercial fishing, ship wrecks, the missing NWA flight, and search and rescue ops. Don't miss the "barn" where you can climb up to a platform that overlooks a couple of the rescue boats. Very nice staff who are happy to answer any questions.

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Thank Jim W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nicely done displays and video explaining the history of the area, including the shipwrecks that Lake Michigan is noted for.

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Thank Tom B
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8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was recommended by a friend to go to this. We went in the sunset Friends Good Will ship ride. It was perfect weather and a beautiful ship. The crew was amazing and friendly. You also get to help "set the sheets" (sails) so good for an older kid activity. There are not traditionally seats, so may not be appropriate for... More 

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Thank kjau1999
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the boat ride on the river in the Lindy Lou. Fun and informative. Relaxing time on the river.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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283 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purchased a 1:15 for the Pirate Ship, "Friends of Good Will". Your purchase also includes the Museum, which is very small but still worth a few minutes to read over the movie and other displays available. The tour begins with the backstory to the ship and it's history in the area. From there you board the boat, go down... More 

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Columbus, Mississippi
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60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is well organized and full of interesting exhibits. Take one of the boat tours and thoroughly enjoy the nautical flavor of South Haven. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. Family friendly

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Thank Donna D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lindy Lou River Cruise with Dan was wonderful, very educational. The Sun Set Cruise with Friends Goodwill had us coming in early because 1/4 of us had 'Barf Bags' spent rest of night in bed sick as heck. perhaps wind was too much, will find out today about a refund. The MARITIME MUSEUM is a MUST! VERY educational, everyone very... More 

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Gulfport, Florida
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93 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The "Museum" is basically a gift shop & the grounds plus the immediate surrounding area really are not very well kept. The sailing ship wasn't going out the day we were there...very disappointing. Save your $'s & go to downtown South Haven for several neat bistros & shops !

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a fun trip. It lasted a couple hours and the staff was very good. Ryan and Amanda were very good sailors and very knowledgeable on what to do. The crew asks for help raising and lowering the sails. This is all done by ropes, not motors. You do in fact sail once you are out of the channel.... More 

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Thank mauidave65
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum itself is interesting for those that like history and/or sailing. The different boats on display were in very good condition. Kids would find it a little boring unless they sail with you on the sloop Friends Good Will. It is interactive in that guests can help with setting sails. Great view of the West Michigan coastline.Tip; If you... More 

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