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Michigan Maritime Museum

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Small but perfectly formed, a must visit if in South Haven.

A small museum by any standards but packed with information centred on Lake Michigan. It takes you... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2018
Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
Rainy day activity

I enjoyed walking through the museum. I really like the exhibit about the ship wreak in Lake... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2018
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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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.
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260 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090-1065
+1 269-637-8078
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Reviewed 27 November 2018

A small museum by any standards but packed with information centred on Lake Michigan. It takes you from the era of the native Indians to the present day with masses of interesting information on the commercial and military uses of the lake. There is also...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed walking through the museum. I really like the exhibit about the ship wreak in Lake Michigan. Self guided tour not to long and friendly staff.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

A lot of books and info about the Edmund Fitzgerald and other Great Lakes stories. Nice gift shop. They had a memorial of the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Fitzgerald. Rang the bell 29 times for each mariner who was lost. A very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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EmilyS5533, Public Relations Manager at Michigan Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2018

Thank you for joining us in honoring all of the lost mariners of the Great Lakes this past Saturday.

Reviewed 9 October 2018

We took our grand kids, but they have switched to winter hours. They were working on the big sailing ship, so it was still great to show the kids one of the ship that built these great ports.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

We visited the Michigan Maritime Museum on late August to go on the tour and sailing of their Tall Ship Friends Good Will. The ship is a replica of a 1818 merchant vessel that sailed in Lake Michigan and the other great lakes back at...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

The Michigan Maritime Museum is a fine small museum with many unique displays and insights into the nautical history of Michigan and the Lake Michigan area in particular. There are quite a few examples of sailing vessels on the museum grounds and there are opportunities...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

The Maritime museum is quaint, cute, informative-really enjoyed the US Coast Guard exhibit. Numerous artifacts that are so interesting. Nice gift shop too, friendly service. Enjoyed an afternoon tour on the LindyLou-fabulous Captain Lee had many delightful stories about the area, very considerate to make...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

The museum is small, but has some very interesting exhibits, and lots of information. The gift shop is very nice and the staff are friendly and helpful. We love to go out on the Friends Good Will, such a great experience, and this year we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Patty S
Reviewed 10 September 2018

A very fascinating little tourist spot. I love history and here they truly make it come alive. The weather was not all that great so we didn't do a boat tour, but we still got to board one and learn a lot from the captain....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cara K
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We took the trip on the Friends Good Will to start our SoHa vacation. It was a really unique experience and we all enjoyed it (even those of us that got a bit sea sick). Contrary to other reviews: the crew told us we could...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Marie T
2 August 2018|
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Response from brenda s | Reviewed this property |
There's a storage chest,box,step,that type of item which 1 person can sit on.28 people on ship and most are standing. There's room for 2 on a bench up by the captain they seem to save for those getting sick.
Harley P
3 September 2017|
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Response from silversailor370 | Reviewed this property |
Only if you want to spend the night in jail.
Sandra D
14 June 2017|
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Response from EmilyS5533 | Property representative |
Hi Sandra, There is limited parking at the Museum. The parking alongside & in front of the building are city lots. Please call ahead if you plan on bringing a bus, so that we can make arrangements. The Museum would also... More