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Michigan Maritime Museum

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Address: 260 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090-1065
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+1 269 637 8078
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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I have passed this place dozens of times when visiting South Haven and finally stopped! Great little place and reasonably priced (five dollars for kids under 18.) It features... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 22, 2016
Peggy R
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Sturgis, mi
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Crawfordsville, Indiana
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55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

So much maritime history is packed in the buildings. The Northwest Airlines crash exhibit is haunting. Took a Black river trip up the river on a historic boat with Captain John. The harbor itself is fun to walk around.

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Thank craig47933
Emily S, Collections & Office Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and your trip up the Black River on Lindy Lou! Thank you for the review! More 

Sturgis, mi
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

I have passed this place dozens of times when visiting South Haven and finally stopped! Great little place and reasonably priced (five dollars for kids under 18.) It features lots of local maritime history, and since I am a native of South Haven, I loved the presentations about the fishing industry. There are many interesting facts about shipwrecks in the... More 

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Thank Peggy R
Emily S, Collections & Office Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this review

So glad you and your grandchildren enjoyed their visit to the Museum! Thank you for the review! More 

Manhattan, Illinois
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We were just visiting for the weekend and stumbled upon this museum. Went thru the self guided tour and then signed up for the river cruise as well. The weather was very pretty for September though a little windy closer to the shores of Lake Michigan. That said, our river cruise tour guide only went a little way towards the... More 

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Thank Susan B
Emily S, Collections & Office Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Happy you stumbled upon the Museum! Next time you visit, try one of our other on-water experiences this year--the tall ship Friends Good Will or the USCG 36460 motor life boat! Thank you for your review! More 

Joliet, Illinois
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Like smaller, interesting, slightly-quirky, museums a-la Americana?... Go. Not into that sort of thing?... then you should know better to begin with, 'cause it's exactly what it appears to be. Lots of info/history about...wait for it... Michigan Maritime stuff. Wife and I loved it. You could likely get through in an hour-ish but we read pretty-much everything and they have... More 

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Thank C M
Emily S, Collections & Office Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Hope to see you again soon. We open for the 2017 season with a brand new exhibit on April 22nd. More 

Summit, New Jersey
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175 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

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
Emily S, Collections & Office Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review & mentioning so many of our exhibits! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

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
Emily S, Collections & Office Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! More 

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8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 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
Emily S, Collections & Office Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this review

So glad you had a great time sailing on Friends Good Will! We do not have designated seats as we try to maintain as much historical accuracy as possible. And, you are correct- that is one of the reasons why children must be 4 years old to sail on Friends Good Will. Thank you for your detailed review! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 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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Thank Faren451
Emily S, Collections & Office Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your cruise on the river launch Lindy Lou! Thank you for your review! More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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295 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

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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80 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 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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