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We are now half way through our Virtual Fish Boil! We appreciate any amount of support small or large! If this is an eve...
07/15/2020
2020 Virtual Fish Boil Fundraiser

We are now half way through our Virtual Fish Boil!

We appreciate any amount of support small or large! If this is an event you normally would attend, please consider a donation of $10 (the price of what plate of food would have been) or more to help us reach our goal this year.

Donations can be made at https://www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/2020fishboil/

Thank you for your support of the Museum!

$455 of $5000 Let the support boil over! Our 2020 Fish Boil Fundraiser is going virtual! The Fish Boil is one of the Museum’s largest fundraisers each year and raises close to $5000 at the 1-day event. Although we are unable to host the event on campus this year, we

This #TugboatTuesday we are taking a peak inside the tug! This photo shows Commercial fisherman A.C. Willis cleaning whi...
07/14/2020

This #TugboatTuesday we are taking a peak inside the tug! This photo shows Commercial fisherman A.C. Willis cleaning whitefish on the Jensen tug "Ike" in the late 1930's.

Whitefish have two clear fins on its back, silver colored sides, and a greenish brown back. They were a mainstay of the commercial catch in the Great Lakes because of its exceptional flavor, convenient size, and habit of schooling. They are also the traditional fish used for a classic Fish Boil!

#MondayMotivation from the Michigan Maritime Museum!
07/13/2020

#MondayMotivation from the Michigan Maritime Museum!

Circle City Adventure Kids
07/12/2020

Circle City Adventure Kids

🏖 We just returned from South Haven, MI. It was a short vacation for just the 4 of us, and we LOVED it all!⁣

⚓️ A highlight of the trip was our private river cruise on the Lindy Lou. Families can take this 60 minute guided cruise offered by the Michigan Maritime Museum for just $100.⁣

⛵️The next time we’re in South Haven, we hope to ride their Friends Good Will “pirate ship.” It looks awesome!⁣

🗺 If you’re in the area, we recommend checking out the museum and taking a ride on one of their historic vessels.⁣

#michiganmaritimemuseum #lindylou #puremichigan #rivercruise #historicboatcruise #historyisfun #southhavenmi #visitsouthhaven #lakemichigan @ Michigan Maritime Museum

Today would have been our 19th Annual Fish Boil! Fish Boils have historically been a community event where a meal of fis...
07/11/2020

Today would have been our 19th Annual Fish Boil!

Fish Boils have historically been a community event where a meal of fish from the Great Lakes, potatoes, and onions where boiled to feed large groups. For almost 20 years, we have continued the tradition of community with our partners who come together to donate everything from the food to utensils feeding 400-500 people with 100% of the proceeds to help the Museum.

We can’t make this happen without the help of all the people, local organizations, and businesses who have sponsored this event in the past!

Our past community partners:

Star of the Lake #158, South Haven Steelheaders River Bend Boat Club, Barden's Farm Market, Sherman's Dairy Bar, Clementines Phoenix Street Cafe, Wolverine ACE Hardware, McDonald's, and all of our amazing cooks and volunteers!

A view from “Lindy Lou”! This is one of the many serene landscape scenes that can be seen on your cruise up and down the...
07/11/2020

A view from “Lindy Lou”!

This is one of the many serene landscape scenes that can be seen on your cruise up and down the river. Pictured here is the Donald F. Nichols covered bridge which spans the Black River on the Kal-Haven Trail.

Straight from our Michigan Maritime Museum Fish Boil Chef Mark, below is our traditional Fish Boil recipe! Since we are ...
07/10/2020

Straight from our Michigan Maritime Museum Fish Boil Chef Mark, below is our traditional Fish Boil recipe! Since we are unable to prepare it for you this year, we thought that we would share it with you!

#2020VirtualFishBoil

The new splash pad based on “Friends Good Will” is now open on South Beach, South Haven Michigan!
07/10/2020
South Haven unveils its new splash pad at the Michigan Maritime Museum

The new splash pad based on “Friends Good Will” is now open on South Beach, South Haven Michigan!

South Haven unveiled its new splash pad near South Beach on Thursday. Members of the South Haven community cut the ribbon, unveiling the city's new splash pad at the Michigan Maritime Museum on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (WWMT/Troy Truxton) The attraction, featured at the Michigan Maritime Museum, rese...

Today is #ThrowbackThursday! This photo from the Roy McCrimmon Collection shows three women in 1940s South Haven, MI wit...
07/09/2020

Today is #ThrowbackThursday! This photo from the Roy McCrimmon Collection shows three women in 1940s South Haven, MI with a stringer of perch.

This weekend would have been the Museum's 19th Annual Fish Boil! While we won’t be able to host the annual Fish Boil Fundraiser on our campus due to COVID-19, we’re taking it virtual for the whole month of July! To find out more about our Virtual Fish Boil and how you can help us to reach our $5,000 goal, visit https://www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/2020fishboil/

#2020VirtualFishBoil

07/09/2020

Can’t beat the heat on the beach? Come and visit us at the Museum and get out on the water!

This video was taken yesterday from “Friends Good Will” of one of our young passengers waving to Coast Guard MLB 36460!

What are the chances - Two "Friends" Meet! Thank you so much to Mr. Tom Renner for catching "Friends Good Will" passing ...
07/08/2020

What are the chances - Two "Friends" Meet!

Thank you so much to Mr. Tom Renner for catching "Friends Good Will" passing the splash pad!

Shores Vacation Rentals
07/08/2020

Shores Vacation Rentals

Looking for a fun & interesting way to spend the afternoon in South Haven? Be sure to check out the Michigan Maritime Museum ! Learn more about the maritime history of Lake Michigan and engage with the wide variety of exhibits & activities!

Learn more about things to do in #SouthHaven by checking out our website - https://bit.ly/SouthHavenActivities

It's #TugboatTuesday! This photo shows commercial fisherman Warren Freitag's tug Freitag Bros., previously named the Pau...
07/07/2020

It's #TugboatTuesday! This photo shows commercial fisherman Warren Freitag's tug Freitag Bros., previously named the Paul Jensen, then Wakild Bros. Here is is docked at Jensen Fishery in 1950 with the Dyckman swinging bridge in the background. (Michigan Maritime Museum, Charles Jensen Collection)

#MotivationMonday Discover your adventure at Michigan Maritime Museum
07/06/2020

#MotivationMonday

Discover your adventure at Michigan Maritime Museum

Stunning!
07/04/2020

Stunning!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

This image was taken today in South Haven, I was driving by the beach and saw the Friends Goodwill with full sails out in the distance, I knew I had to stop and fly the drone out to it.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend.

Feel free to share!

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Happy Fourth of July! Here are photos of our Parade of Boats taken this morning from “Lindy Lou”. Have a safe and fun ho...
07/04/2020

Happy Fourth of July!

Here are photos of our Parade of Boats taken this morning from “Lindy Lou”.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

#4thofjuly #happy4thofjuly @ Michigan Maritime Museum

Happy 4th of July from the Michigan Maritime Museum!#Happy4thofJuly #boatie
07/04/2020

Happy 4th of July from the Michigan Maritime Museum!

#Happy4thofJuly #boatie

Celebrate the holiday tomorrow on the pier heads at 11 AM with a small Parade of Boats! Salute to "Friends Good Will", "...
07/03/2020

Celebrate the holiday tomorrow on the pier heads at 11 AM with a small Parade of Boats!

Salute to "Friends Good Will", "Lindy Lou", CG Motor Lifeboat 36460, "Elsie J" and "Motley Crew" as they parade out of the harbor! There is plenty of space on both piers for all to practice safe social distancing.

We can't wait to see you out on the piers tomorrow!

Michigan Maritime Museum's cover photo
07/03/2020

Michigan Maritime Museum's cover photo

It's #ThrowbackThursday with historic photo collection! This photo from 1893 shows the Fourth of July parade proceeding ...
07/02/2020

It's #ThrowbackThursday with historic photo collection! This photo from 1893 shows the Fourth of July parade proceeding east on Phoenix Street from Center St. While South Haven won't be hosting a parade this summer, you and your family can feel like a celebrity on the water aboard one of our vessels this holiday weekend. Come celebrate the 4th with us!
(Michigan Maritime Museum Appleyard Collection)

It's #TugboatTuesday! This photo is of our very own "Evelyn S" and our neighbor "Elsie J" fishing tugs participating in ...
06/30/2020

It's #TugboatTuesday! This photo is of our very own "Evelyn S" and our neighbor "Elsie J" fishing tugs participating in a friendly game of tug of war in the Black River's turning basin. This was during South Haven, Michigan's Bicentennial year in 1976.

#MondayMotivation from the Michigan Maritime Museum
06/29/2020

#MondayMotivation from the Michigan Maritime Museum

#Boatie of our 26 foot Coast Guard Pulling ‘Rowing’ Surfboat! This vessel was used in the 1920s and 1930s prior to the i...
06/28/2020

#Boatie of our 26 foot Coast Guard Pulling ‘Rowing’ Surfboat! This vessel was used in the 1920s and 1930s prior to the introduction of the Motor Surfboats. For more information about our Coast Guard vessels, come and visit us! The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Happy Saturday! Here is a #Throwback from our historical photo collection of 8 people, including crew, on the sailing ya...
06/27/2020

Happy Saturday! Here is a #Throwback from our historical photo collection of 8 people, including crew, on the sailing yacht "Charlotte R.", docked at the base of the south pier in South Haven. You can see the USLSS lookout tower in distance on the north pier. (Michigan Maritime Museum Collection)

Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
06/26/2020

Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Walking along the #GreatLakes, did you locate what may be part of an old #shipwreck? Report your finding using this new form from Michigan SHPO and Michigan Department of Natural Resources so we can add it to our inventory! #PureMichigan #CitizenScience #HistoricPreservation

https://www.miplace.org/49d89a/globalassets/documents/shpo/programs-and-services/archaeology/crm-and-research/beach-wreckage-recording-form.pdf

06/26/2020

The Museum is seeking part-time captain/s for Sundays on Lindy Lou for the 2020 season!

If you enjoy historic watercraft like our replica 1920’s Truscott electric river launch Lindy Lou, we are looking for you. You will enjoy taking museum guests on excursions on the Black River offering a historical interpretation of the vessel and its significance to Michigan’s maritime heritage.

Requirements include but are not limited to: current Merchant Mariners Credential minimum 25 Ton Masters or OUPV along with current Red Cross First Aid /CPR and participation in a random drug testing program. Good boat handling skills, vessel maintenance, and willingness to work on Sundays.

If interested, please contact and send applications to Captain Bob at [email protected] or call 269-637-8078 ext. 5.

Our first public sail of “Friends Good Will” went out today! Sail times are 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 5:30 pm. Stop...
06/26/2020

Our first public sail of “Friends Good Will” went out today! Sail times are 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 5:30 pm. Stop by the Michigan Maritime Museum or visit us at https://tickets.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/ to book now

Today is the first day of USCG Motor Lifeboat 36460 sails! Daily departure times are 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:45 P...
06/24/2020

Today is the first day of USCG Motor Lifeboat 36460 sails! Daily departure times are 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:45 PM Wednesday-Saturday. Be sure to stop by the Michigan Maritime Museum or visit https://tickets.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/ to book your adventure now!
Picture of the USCG Motor Lifeboat from 2017.

#OnThisDayInHistory 70 years ago, Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501 was a DC-4 prop liner operating its daily transc...
06/23/2020

#OnThisDayInHistory 70 years ago, Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501 was a DC-4 prop liner operating its daily transcontinental service between New York City and Seattle when it disappeared on the night of June 23, 1950. The flight was carrying 55 passengers and three crew members; the loss of all 58 on board made it the deadliest commercial airliner accident in American history at the time.

The aircraft was at approximately 3,500 feet over Lake Michigan, 18 miles northwest of Benton Harbor, Michigan when it vanished from radar screens after requesting a descent to 2,500 feet. A widespread search was commenced including using sonar and dragging the bottom of Lake Michigan with trawlers, but to no avail. Considerable light debris, upholstery, and human body fragments were found floating on the surface, but divers have been unable to locate the plane's wreckage.

The missing airliner is the subject of an annual search by Michigan Shipwreck Research Association. In September 2008, a researcher investigating the crash of Flight 2501 found an unmarked grave that she believes contains the remains of some of the 58 victims. Valerie van Heest, "Fatal Crossing" author, says human remains from the June 1950 crash into Lake Michigan washed ashore and were buried in a mass grave. She claims they were buried in a St. Joseph-area cemetery without the knowledge of the victims' families, and the grave was never marked. In a 2008 ceremony at the cemetery with 58 family members of Flight 2501, a large black granite marker was placed that now lists the names of the 58 and the words "In Memory of Northwest Flight 2501, June 23, 1950. Gone but Never Forgotten." Another mass burial site was discovered in 2015 at Lakeview Cemetery in South Haven. The site had long been unmarked, until two women working on a genealogy project happened to stumble upon it. St. Joe Monument Works donated a marker for the gravesite; it was delivered to the cemetery a few days before the 65th anniversary of the crash. On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, a remembrance service was held at the grave site. #OnThisDay #FatalCrossing
📷: "Northwest Flight 2501" painting by Bryan David Snuffer

Fun!!!
06/23/2020

Fun!!!

Participate in the "Paddle to South Haven" scavenger hunt and enter to win a fantastic prize from one of our unique shops, restaurants, breweries and wineries! ✨ Around town, there are 43 businesses with hand-painted paddles featuring a specific fruit or vegetable. To play, simply grab a ballot sheet from one of the participating businesses, and match at least 20 businesses with the corresponding fruit or vegetable. Ballots can be turned in at Decadent Dogs, Harbor Light Brewery or here at the South Haven Visitors Bureau. Winners are drawn every week in the summer! Good luck!

Congratulations to our first set of winners: Sally Hanson, Adriana Dattilo, Lauren O'Shea, and Katie and Ava Olds 😊 with prizes from Crescent Moon of South Haven, Daylily, Janny's Beach House and The Willow Tree Downtown Association South Haven - DASH

#MondayMotivation from the Michigan Maritime Museum
06/22/2020

#MondayMotivation from the Michigan Maritime Museum

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
06/21/2020

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is home to rare underwater sinkholes. These sinkholes host a unique bacterial community of microbes that scientists from around the world have studied for more than 15 years.

The R/V Storm, pictured here, is a NOAA research vessel that uses remotely operated vehicles to explore the sinkholes, and dive deeper (literally) into the history of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

To learn more about the sinkholes, visit https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/mar20/thunder-bay-national-marine-sanctuary-sinkhole-research.html.

(Photo: David J. Ruck/NOAA. Image description: The R/V Storm research vessel floats above a sinkhole)

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260 Dyckman Ave
South Haven, MI
49090

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General Admission: $8 Seniors: $7 Children: $5

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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