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Michigan Maritime Museum

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Address: 260 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090-1065
Phone Number: +1 269 637 8078
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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 22 October 2016
Peggy R
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Sturgis, mi
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Crawfordsville, Indiana
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Sturgis, mi
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 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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Manhattan, Illinois
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 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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Joliet, Illinois
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 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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Summit, New Jersey
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170 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 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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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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283 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 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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77 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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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