Michigan Maritime Museum
The Michigan Maritime Museum is located at 260 Dyckman Avenue right across the water from Old Harbor Inn. It consists of five separate buildings which offer a variety of engaging opportunities for museum visitors including permanent and changing exhibits on Michigan maritime history, a center for the teaching of boatbuilding and related maritime skills, and a regionally renowned research library. In addition, there are many waterfront festivals and events held all year long.
One of the favorite activities at the Maritime Museum is to take a cruise aboard Friends Good Will. It is a replica of the original sloop that sailed Lake Michigan. Friends Good Will also is a classroom suitable for teaching school children and other interested groups. Youth rotate through three learning stations: simple machines (they raise a sail and use the windlass); navigation (they wear compasses around their necks, read charts, and learn to use the tiller); and trade of the 1800's (they trade fur pelts, coins, and tools).
Other activities at the Michigan Maritime Museum include guided tours of the museum campus, Friends Good Will, the HarborWalk, and the Keeperís House. There are many artifacts from Michiganís Great Lakes history and culture including photographs, ships plans, maps, charts, and historical watercraft.
If you will be staying at one of the South Haven Michigan hotels while in town, we hope you will give us a call.
Photos courtesy of Michigan Maritime Museum.